Employees at Ulster Carpets have pulled together to raise a remarkable total of £32,749 for the Maternity and Gynae Outpatients Department at Craigavon Area Hospital.
The funds will enable the department to procure a much-needed scanner for the Early Pregnancy Problem Centre (EPPC).
Ulster Carpets have a long history of working with Northern Ireland based charities to help make a difference and support the community. It was decided in 2011 by the Ulster Carpets Charity Committee rather than simply donating money, they would like to purchase something which would make a tangible difference to the area. The charity committee then approached the Craigavon Health Trust to discuss their intentions to raise enough funds to pay for a piece of equipment.
Thanks to the efforts of the recently retired Dr Robin Wallace and Dr Harmini Sidhu, it was decided that Ulster Carpets would purchase an additional scanner to be used in the Early Pregnancy Problem Centre (EPPC), which scans women experiencing problems with their pregnancy in the early stages.
Caroline Whiteside, personnel director at Ulster Carpets and member of the charity committee said, “It is with great pleasure that we hand over the cheque to Dr Sidhu and her department on behalf of Ulster Carpets. Everyone at Ulster has been behind this cause participating in Bacon Butty mornings, numerous challenges and the Give-as-You-Earn scheme. The Maternity Unit in Craigavon is one that nearly every family in the local area will come into contact with over the course of their lifetime and we are delighted to be able to contribute in such a meaningful way.”
Dr Sidhu, consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist commented, “There is a huge demand on services and having additional equipment available will make a real difference to both the staff and patients at the Maternity and Gynae Outpatients Department and in particular the Early Pregnancy Problem Centre.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Ulster Carpets for their fundraising efforts which will benefit the department long into the future.”