Following the launch of their Irvine Unit Fund appeal, Bexhill Lions Club has arranged the first deliveries. 700 bottles of water, together with battery operated hand held fans were delivered to Matron Joanna Byers and Head of Nursing Jane Plenkiss. The bottled water was a specific request, to allow staff wearing PPE to just grab a bottle, drink and dispose of it safely.

In addition, two days later, 122 goodie bags,were delivered to Matrons Joanna Byers and Teresa Dann. These contained lip balm, soap, hand cream, antiseptic hand wipes and chocolate treats.

The organiser, Lion Brian Drayson explained ““I made a casual comment on The BEAT Facebook page about giving an extra clap on a Thursday for the NHS staff working at The Irvine Unit at Bexhill Hospital and from the response just look what’s happened. We would like to continue our support by keeping these deliveries going through the summer.”

Teresa Dann and Joanna Byers Irvine Unit Matrons and Jane Purkiss Head of Nursing and Governance responed by saying “We would like to send a heartfelt thanks to the amazing generosity of the Bexhill Lions.

They have not only provided us with bottled water to keep us afloat for the next 3 weeks but also they have literally given everybody who works within the unit a goody bag each individually labeled with our names.

Such kindness and thoughtfulness has really helped us to maintain a positive frame of mind and boosted morale no end. The gifts are so very gratefully received.”