04 September 2018

Singleton Hospital bone marrow patients receive TV donation

Patients undergoing lengthy bone marrow treatments at Singleton Hospital are “beyond thrilled” with a generous donation from Sony UK Technology Centre.

The manufacturing facility, based in Pencoed, has donated four TVs to the specialist Bone Marrow Unit at the Swansea-based hospital.

The high-definition TVs will be installed at the unit’s treatment room, where patients undergo chemotherapy-style treatment to help tackle blood cancers.

Lynda Bray, the day unit manager from Singleton Hospital Bone Marrow Unit, said: “Patients have been very positive in their comments about this fantastic donation from Sony UK TEC.

“They have already commented on how having a bigger TV that they can see easily is great and how it helps to pass the time while they are recovering from a transplant.

“On behalf of all the patients I would like to say a huge thank to Sony UK TEC for the fantastic donation made to our transplant unit.”

The donation took place after the team at Sony UK TEC discovered that patients only had limited access to a small set while undergoing hours of physically and emotionally demanding treatment.

They then arranged for the donation to help alleviate some of this stress and enhance the experience for patients visiting the unit.

Sony UK TEC Director of Professional Services Gerald Kelly said: “It was our pleasure to be able to provide these TVs to the Bone Marrow Unit at Singleton Hospital.

“After hearing how this small donation could help to improve the treatment period for so many patients we were delighted to be able to help. We sincerely hope that this donation helps to bring some comfort to the people receiving treatment at this specialist unit.

“Sony UK TEC is committed to working with and for the people of South Wales and as such we are a socially aware business dedicated to supporting local hospitals, charities, and communities.”

Over the past six years the manufacturing facility, which produces thousands of high specification broadcast cameras for worldwide distribution, has raised over £60,000 for their nominated charity, Children’s ward at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

Sony UK TEC’s skilled team of over 600 professionals has undertaken various charity football matches, bake sales and more to help raise funds for the local community.

Most recently a team of fifteen Sony team members took on the extreme challenge of cycling over 300 miles across Wales in support of the cause.

Recently Swansea and Cardiff-based staff from the Pencoed site went head to head for a football match at Cardiff City Stadium, where they helped to raise over £2,000 for charity.

Staff from Sony UK TEC also took on Raspberry Pi distributor RS Components in a second charity football clash this month at the King Power Stadium in Leicestershire.

During the day teams from both facilities went head to head to generate vital funds for Children with Cancer UK, which helps to fund invaluable research into childhood cancers.

The fundraising events form part of the Pencoed’s facility’s ongoing commitment to supporting and enhancing local communities across Wales.

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