Bridgend hospital staff ‘delighted’ with Sony UK TEC donation

By Raspberry Jim,

Bridgend hospital staff are “beyond delighted” with a generous Sony UK Technology Centre donation supporting a unit caring for seriously ill children this Christmas.

Staff at the Princess of Wales Hospital have praised the Pencoed-based manufacturing facility for enabling the refurbishment of its specialist nurse-led area.

Funding from Sony UK TEC, which has donated over £60,000 to the hospital over the past five years, will help to enhance the overall hospital experience for children who are facing serious health issues, and require urgent nurse-led care at the Children’s Ward.

Thanks to their contribution the area has received a much-needed makeover, along with new furnishings, which will create a welcoming environment for young people receiving a higher-level of nursing care over the festive season.

The manufacturing facility’s contribution, along with the unit’s refurbishment, was marked with a special plaque, which was unveiled by Sony UK TEC managing director Steve Dalton OBE.

They were joined by special guests 2011 Rugby World Cup and British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton, along with BBC Wales Sports Personality of 2017 and Player of the Series Jonathan Davies.

Steve Dalton OBE said it was a privilege to offer ongoing support to this “hugely beneficial” facility. He said: “As a business, which prides itself on supporting the local community, it is our pleasure to be able to contribute to the improvement of this fantastic unit.

“This has the potential to make such an immense difference to children across south Wales, and their families, so we are delighted to have supported the project.

“Many valued staff members at Sony UK TEC have had family members who have relied on the specialist care at the Princess of Wales Hospital, therefore all of our team are very passionate and committed to backing their great work.

“We look forward to supporting its progress in the future.”

Sony UK TEC’s determined team have undertaken a variety of charity events in a bid to support the specialist area’s fundraising efforts.

These have included a charity football match at Cardiff City Football Club, a charity golf day at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Course; a 300 mile bike ride from north to south Wales; cake sales, and individual fundraising campaigns undertaken by its team players.

Sony UK TEC has supported the hospital as its adopted charity for the past five years, raising over £60,000 towards specialist equipment and projects, including the refurbishment of the playroom at the Children’s Ward in 2015, the purchase of three Vapotherm machines that help babies and children with breathing difficulties. Additional donations have included hand-held pulse oximeters, drip stands and other pieces of equipment.

Eirlys Thomas, ABMU Head of Nursing for Children’s Services said: “Fundraising requires a great deal of commitment and hard work and we are all extremely grateful to the staff of Sony for their kind donations and their support in the refurbishment of the four-bed bay within the ward area.

“This has improved the environment greatly, providing cupboards for storage and decorating the area in a way that is suitable for all age groups. On behalf of all the children and staff at the Princess of Wales Hospital I would like to say a big thank you and wish them all a very happy Christmas and new year.”