Happy New Year to you all – I trust you had a wonderful Christmas.
I am delighted to tell you that our second LINC clinical psychologist, Rachael Edge, started in October 2015 and has already become an important part of the team. With the financial shortages within the NHS, services such as clinical psychology, will not be funded despite the fact that it plays a very important part for both patients and staff. In the recent hospital inspection we were praised for having two psychologists. Thank you to everyone who helped to fund this post for the next 3 years. We will need to continue with our fundraising to ensure that the post is funded for the years to come.
I would also like to welcome our new Chair of Trustees, Peter Tyrrell. Stephan Bates is stepping down after 3 years in the post. During that time he has worked tirelessly for LINC and has ensured the smooth working of the charity. A huge thank you to Stephan who will remain as a Trustee.
LINC has given financial aid to three families in the last couple of months to help with childcare, mortgage payment and travel costs. I cannot stress enough the impact this help has on patients.
It removes a major worry so that they can concentrate on getting well.
We have a variety of events planned for 2016 – I do hope we will see you at one of these. Thank you again for your support. May 2016 be a healthy, happy year for you.