Charity raffle on surgery’s busiest day of the year

Kathleen Bell - patient, Eddie Hopkin – PRG member, Barbara Gooch – patient, Carol Coley - Receptionist and Nigel Owen – chair of PRG

Kathleen Bell – patient, Eddie Hopkin – PRG member, Barbara Gooch – patient, Carol Coley – Receptionist and Nigel Owen – chair of PRG

The patient reference group (PRG) at Parkview Surgery in Cleckheaton raised more than £250 with a raffle in aid of Breast Cancer Care on Tuesday (October 8), one of the busiest days of the year for the surgery.  The raffle prizes were hampers stuffed with goodies donated by surgery staff and the PRG itself.

Parkview Surgery, which is a member of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group has an active PRG which came up with the idea and organised a rota of members to sell raffle tickets on the practices annual ‘flu day’.

Every year the practice organises their ‘flu day’ and this year welcomed more than 700 people through the doors for their jab as well as patients attending for routine appointments.  Another flu jab session will be held on 25 October from 2-6pm for any other eligible patients to drop in to be vaccinated.

The PRG chose to support the breast cancer charity in support of a practice colleague who has just completed treatment for breast cancer and is hoping to return to work soon.

Nigel Owen, from Cleckheaton, chair of the PRG said “The group wanted to be more visible to the public and raise awareness of what we do to encourage new members to join our group.  It seemed a good day to hold a raffle and raise some money for charity on such a busy day in the surgery”.

Rachael Kilburn, Practice Manager at Parkview Surgery said “The group came up with the idea of holding a charity event to raise their profile on our annual flu day as we have so many people coming into the surgery.  The members of the PRG chatted with lots of patients on the day and I’m sure the lucky winners will be thrilled with their prize hampers”.

More information about who should have a flu jab and why is available on www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx

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