The Grange is a brand-new hospital with 470 inpatient beds (around 560 including trolley spaces) located near Cwmbran, for people across Gwent and Caerphilly that need highly specialised services including critical care.
The donation was made following a plea from the daughter of one of the members, Darran Evans, that the ITU department was in desperate need for basic items for patients who have no families.
Evans said: 'My daughter, Sarah, is a midwife at The Grange, and she’s currently helping carry the workload imposed with the increased number of patient and falling staff numbers because of Covid. Sarah called me with an appeal from the ITU department. They are desperate for basic toiletries, underwear, nightwear, and so on, for patients who either don’t have family members that can provide these items or who can’t bring them to the hospital.
'The members of the Lodge approved my request, and my wife, Jayne, and I bought the desperately needed toiletries and delivered them to the team at The Grange. They were over the moon with the generosity of the Caerphilly Freemasons, in whose name the donation was given.'
Judith Padget, Chief Executive of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board said: 'I want to thank the members of Danycoed Lodge for your kind donation of toiletries and sweets. This was very thoughtful and considerate and will be very much appreciated by the staff in ITU. During this challenging time, acts of kindness such as this go a long way to lift the spirit of our staff, so once again, thank you.'