Nation-wide sales company Big Red Sales has pledged its support for the NHS with donations to GP surgeries and a local hospital.
Around £5,000 worth of kitchen appliances and television were donated after the Founder and Director of the sales company, John Reddington, had a very personal experience.
His wife, Chris, was diagnosed with late stages of colon cancer earlier this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions they were not able to take advantage of their private health insurance but instead used local health services.
Said Mr Reddington: “The NHS came up trumps and whisked Chris into hospital for various tests and scans as soon as our local doctor diagnosed there might be a problem.
“At first, like many other people, Chris was worried about visiting the hospital for scans due to the ongoing pandemic, however her local GP assured her she would be safe.
“As a result of her quick diagnosis and the NHS treatment at Wexham Park Hospital, Chris had an operation to remove the growth and is now nearing the end of a series of successful chemo treatments,” continued Mr Reddington.
“She is back to her old self and we are greatly indebted to the quick action of our GP and the NHS for saving her life.”
By way of a huge thank you, the businessman decided to use the refund he received from Bupa together with his own donation to give something back to NHS front line staff. After discussions with the hospital’s events and fundraising office it was decided it would be used to improve the kitchen and break-out areas for staff.
Mr Reddington then called upon Roberts Radio plus two Big Red Sales brands, Morphy Richards and Mitchell & Brown, to enhance the donation even further.
Product has now been delivered to two doctors practices and to Wexham Park Hospital in Buckinghamshire and staff are now enjoying new kettles, toasters, microwaves, TVs and radios in their break rooms and family areas.
Commented Francesca Palliser, Hospital and Events Fundraising Officer at Wexham Park and Heathwood Frimley Health Charity: “The staff are so grateful for the support John and his family have offered the hospital. In these difficult times, Big Red Sales and its manufacturers have been incredibly generous and their continuous support is invaluable.
“It is a fabulous example of the fundraising that has taken place during the outbreak and it has had a huge impact on staff whilst they continue to work so hard.”
Mr Reddington is now working with the hospital to roll out this campaign in 2021 to a wider audience.