On April 23rd, 2015 Pharmacist Support Chief Executive, Diane Leicester-Hallam travelled to Leicester to join attendees at the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp) conference for a special presentation. Following their recent fundraising journey to India our ‘Four pharmacists in a car’ adventurers (and AIMp members) Kirit Patel, Hiten Patel, Peter Cattee and Manvir Patel joined forces once more to make a personal donation to the charity. On behalf of his colleagues Peter Cattee (pictured with Diane) presented a cheque for £10,000 to Pharmacist Support to help the charity in its support of the hundreds of pharmacists, trainees and MPharm students who call on its services every year.
Hiten Patel, speaking on behalf of the group, said: “I know there are many worthy charities we could have supported – the obvious ones being the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK etc. However, the troopers who went on the road trip adventure were all at one when it came to finally deciding which charity we were going to support during our 12,500 mile road trip from London to India. Our choice, Pharmacist Support does not have an obvious national profile and we felt we should try and help the organisation get greater recognition. It needs ongoing promotion within our own profession, from students studying for a pharmacy degree to our ‘family’ of fellow pharmacists. Generally you would want to look after your family! Our purpose was also to raise funds and to highlight the charity’s past history and the importance it has in helping our current members with personal issues in their lives, stress and, where appropriate, help with some financial assistance.”
Peter Cattee added: “We chose Pharmacist Support because we all still owe pharmacy more than it owes us and this is a small way to help re-balance our obligation. Pharmacy is a more stressful occupation than those on the outside of it realise and we’re pleased to be able to help those who have struggled along the way. I would ask anyone reading this to give something of their time or any other resource they might have, if they are able to help this worthy cause – none of us know what tomorrow will bring”.
“This donation means a great deal to the charity,” commented Diane Leicester-Hallam. “With this gift and the support of Kirit, Peter, Hiten and Manvir the charity will be able to reach and support so many more individuals facing stressful and sometimes life changing situations.”
To speak to the charity about undertaking a challenge yourself or with your colleagues, contact Petra van den Houten on 0161 4410317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.