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A Chesterfield Royal Hospital contractor has won a National award and donated the prize money to the Trust’s charity.

VINCI Construction UK handed over a cheque for £500 after picking up two Divisional awards, and a National award for Innovation relating to the recent redevelopment of the Royal’s Emergency Department (ED). The ED project team were presented with the Innovation award at VINCI Construction UK’s national Leadership Conference in March and decided to donate the financial prize to the hospital.

Adrian Leigh, VINCI Construction UK’s Project Manager said: “We’ve worked on a few projects at the hospital, including the NGS Macmillan Unit, the Theatres redevelopment programme and the recent work on the ED that included a brand new entrance for patients arriving by ambulance. We’ve developed a great working relationship and we wanted to give something back that would make a practical difference…donating the prize money from this award made perfect sense to us.

“The innovation was in relation to a barrier fence that we had to put up whilst the work was taking place. It was on a busy roadway right outside the entrance that included ambulances and buses so needed to be sturdy enough to protect the public and our on-site workers with the flexibility that allowed us to move it at very short notice. We’ve used it a few times on other jobs and it proved to be the perfect fit.”

Ken Godber is the Trust’s Charitable Funds Director, he said: “We’re delighted that VINCI Construction UK considered our charity for this donation and underlines the great links we have with local partners and those who we work with regularly. We’re always very grateful for such donations and would like to thank VINCI for their generosity.

“Our charitable funds are there to help support and fund projects and items that will improve and enhance the experience of our patients and colleagues but wouldn’t normally be funded through our own NHS finances. Recent example include the purchase of a new set of pressure relieving chairs that will help our patients get out of bed and recover faster in greater comfort; our charitable funds allowed us to go above and beyond what we would normally be able to afford. We also introduced a new electronic resource for patients living with dementia that improves their experience and allows our colleagues to communicate more effectively.

“It’s donations like this that allow our own, government funds to go that little bit further and provide some extra comfort and support for our patients and we thank everyone who has raised funds for us over the years.”

If you would like to know more about our Charitable Funds then visit www.chesterfieldroyal.nhs.uk and click on the ‘Our Charity’ button along the top of the site.