Patients and staff at a specialist palliative care unit in Norwich have received an early Christmas present, as Norfolk’s emergency services have donated cash to its charitable fund.

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Norfolk police handed over a cheque for £834.32 to Priscilla Bacon Lodge after collecting donations from the congregation at the Emergency Services Carol Service, held on December 9 at Norwich Cathedral.

The joint event involved staff and their families from Norfolk Police, as well as the region’s ambulance and fire services.

The Lodge, at Colman Hospital, on Unthank Road, is run by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) and provides specialist NHS advice and healthcare for patients with palliative care needs and life-limiting illnesses, as well as support to their family and friends.

The donation to the service’s charitable fund will be put towards enhancing services and facilities at the unit, including buying additional clinical equipment, amenities to make patients and their families more comfortable and extra staff training.

Louise Rawlings, NCH&C’s service lead for planned care (Norwich), works at Pricilla Bacon Lodge and said: “We are very grateful to receive this very generous donation and would like to thank Norfolk police and the other emergency services for choosing Priscilla Bacon Lodge as their beneficiary. This donation will help to make a big difference to our patients and NHS staff, as we can put it towards initiatives to further enhance the experiences of our patients and their families.”

A further cheque for £100 has been donated to the Priscilla Bacon Lodge support group.

This separate charitable organisation exists to support the patients and staff at the Lodge.

The money was won by two police officers named as the Police Person(s) of the Year at the EDP Stars of Norfolk awards, held at St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich, in October.

PC Forbes Scott and PC Matt Gouldsmith won the award after saving the life of a seriously injured 51-year-old man, in Norwich, on New Year’s Eve 2012 and donated it to the support group.

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