The Geriatric Hospital, which is home to 300 of the island’s senior citizens, needs all the help it can get from corporate Barbados and the wider community.
Acting hospital manager Roderick Harding, in praising Courtesy Garage for its seventh year of donations to the institution, said the hospital could not fully cater to the needs of elderly patients without the support of the wider community.
As part of its ongoing community outreach programme, Courtesy Garage, the local agents for Nissan and Hyundai vehicles, last Friday donated much needed sterilizing equipment to the Beckles Road-based hospital.
This follows the presentation of beds, pillows, wheelchairs, bath chairs, towels and televisions to the hospital in recent years and donations to other institutions such as the Barbados Cancer Society and the Children’s Development Centre.
“It is an extremely good gesture from the management and staff of Courtesy Garage, and we want to encourage others to follow this example. Our elderly patients have made significant contributions to nation building, and we welcome such support on their behalf,” said Harding.
Financial controller of Courtesy Garage, Patrick McDonald, who handed over the items to administrative staff at the hospital, said his company was happy to be able to contribute to such an important institution and assist the hospital in playing its critical role .
“We will do it as long as we can, because at Courtesy we believe that assisting the community is part of our corporate social responsibility,” McDonald said.
The annual initiative is coordinated by Courtesy staffers, led by Marcia Farley of the accounts department, in collaboration with senior staff of the hospital that is celebrating its 129th anniversary this year.
Acting principal nursing officer Roslyn Waithe also thanked the staff of Courtesy Garage for their gesture of kindness and said the donations were helpful and would be put to good use.
Other companies and organizations are being encouraged to follow the example of Courtesy Garage since the Geriatric Hospital depends on the good-naturedness of Barbadians to care for the island’s senior citizens.