Rotarians are praised for success of BGH dialysis machines fundraiser

Patient Eppa Toddei using the dialysis unit with Berwickshire Rotarians Tom Ingoldsbyand Norman Jones with Assistant Governor and Selkirk Club member Adam Borwick.
Patient Eppa Toddei using the dialysis unit with Berwickshire Rotarians Tom Ingoldsbyand Norman Jones with Assistant Governor and Selkirk Club member Adam Borwick.

Rotary in the Borders is renowned for the unexpected.

And certainly no member of the 11 clubs (including Duns and Eyemouth) involved in the initial project to raise £30,000 to provide two dialysis machines at Borders General Hospital could have predicted the outcome.

A suggestion from a Berwickshire Rotarian, involved with the Borders General Hospital at an early project meeting resulted in the group taking up the initiative to provide a new unit and two dialysis machines.

Many fundraising events were held and last year’s ‘Daunder for Dialysis’ gave it an extra kick-start, with it quickly picking up further momentum to culminate in nearly £50,000 being raised.

The project was so successful that not only was a third dialysis machine purchased, but there were also sufficient funds to support staff training.

The Borders Area Rotary Club partner in South Africa contributed £2,500 and Rotary International Foundation (a grant fund that adds to projects of this nature) added £17,000 to the initial £30,000 raised.

And last week chair of the BGH’s “Making the Difference’ Appeal James Marjoribanks was able to thank Rotarians for their contribution when Rotarians Tom Ingoldsby of Galashiels and District Club and Innerleithan, Walkerburn and Traquair’s Norman Jones - who was chair of the project together with the Borders Area Assistant Governor Adam Borwick - visited the Unit to see the achievements.

Mr Marjoribanks said: “I’d like to thank you for everything that you guys have done. It more than exceeded our expectations.

“We are the envy of other hospitals up and down the country.”