Gully's Place receives new iPad thanks to A&T
Dorset's only independent chartered insurance broker Alan & Thomas recently presented their charity of the year, Gully's Place Trust Fund, with a brand new iPad.
The local broker adopted the Poole Hospital based charity at the beginning of the year and the sixty strong workforce at their three offices in Poole, Gillingham and Dorchester have been busy ever since raising money through various activities including monthly dress down days, bake sales, quizzes and garden parties.
The iPad is a much appreciated addition to the facilities at Gully's one bedroom suite for patients and their families located on the children's unit at Poole Hospital, which supports the four hundred infants, children and young people throughout Dorset who have a life-limiting or life-threatening illness.
Senior Sister in charge of Gully's Place, Helen Parker (above left), is delighted with the generous gift, "We really are very grateful to Alan & Thomas for the iPad. It will be fantastic for our older children. Not only have Alan & Thomas provided us with the iPad but they have also purchased and downloaded an invaluable communication app for us, which allows children who have difficulty speaking or who can't speak at all to communicate. It also has features for users with limited vision or learning disabilities."
Alan & Thomas Marketing Manager Hayley Baverstock (above right) who oversees the company's fundraising is equally delighted with the company's efforts so far, "Our staff are very keen to do all they can to support Gully's Place and are coming up with new and novel fundraising ideas all the time. To be able to donate the iPad to Gully's is something we are all proud of".
As well as a physical Gully's Place Suite at the hospital, the fund also comprises of parents' support groups and the provision of education and learning materials for staff and families. One of their main aims this year is to support the development of a Gully's Place Suite at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.