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Manufacturing firm show their steel spirit for Purple Butterfly Appeal

23 Apr 2018 15:38:54
Outokumpu PBA donation

The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is one step closer to realising its ambition to provide another Purple Butterfly room at Rotherham Hospital thanks to a donation from Outokumpu Stainless Limited

The £450 donation from the Sheffield-based steel manufacturing company was inspired by employee Philip Bray, a Ladle Arc Unit Leader, who wanted to honour the memory of his late mother, Patricia Bray. 

Philip, of Clifton in Rotherham, said: “The Purple Butterfly Appeal is something which is close to my heart because my mum was so well cared for in the Purple Butterfly room in the Fitzwilliam Ward before she passed away in 2016 aged 75 after battling lung cancer.

“I though the room was marvellous and such a comfort for not just my mum but all our family. It meant we could spend some quality time together in private with my mum when she really needed us.

“I asked the charity committee at Outokumpu Stainless Limited if they would consider supporting the Purple Butterfly Appeal after my mum passed away and I was thrilled when they said yes. It has given me the chance to say thank you to everyone who cared for her. And the donation from my employer of more than 30 years means we can do our part to help fund another Purple Butterfly room.”

The Purple Butterfly Appeal raises money to fund Purple Butterfly rooms, which provide privacy, dignity, space and a home-from-home for patients nearing the end of their lives, their families, friends and carers.

Each room costs more than £75,000 to install. The money raised goes towards funding the building works, specialist equipment and facilities for loved ones to stay plus a television, fridge, microwave and a kettle. 

Rotherham Hospital currently has three Purple Butterfly rooms, located on Ward A2, Fitzwilliam Ward and the Labour Ward.

Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, said: “We are incredibly proud to be able to offer the Purple Butterfly rooms at Rotherham Hospital because they really do provide the space, dignity and privacy families need when facing the loss of a loved one.

“Thanks to Philip and his colleagues at Outokumpu Stainless Limited we are now one step closer to raising enough money for an additional room. Every penny really does count and hopefully their kind donation will inspire other businesses and individuals in Rotherham to support our appeal too.”

For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk