International firm pledges to buy specialist care equipment as part of Excel Appeal for Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Members of GCL - LR: John Barrows, Andy Hartley, Tim Rycroft, and (seated) Phil Cottrell, director o

Members of GCL - LR: John Barrows, Andy Hartley, Tim Rycroft, and (seated) Phil Cottrell, director of GCL Limited. - Credit: Archant

An international company has become the latest organisation to pledge its support for a charity appeal by signing up to buying a piece of care equipment for dementia patients.

GCL Building Technologies Limited, which is currently working on Queen Elizabeth Hospital's wi-fi system, has decided to purchase dementia software in support of the hospital's Excel Appeal.

The appeal, which is supported by the EDP, aims to raise £50,000 for specialist equipment, such as falls prevention kit, recliner chairs, and dementia software, which will all improve the hospital's care of the elderly.

Phil Cottrell, director of GCL, said: 'We are a national and international company and where we go to work we like to give something back.

'It's nice to give older people an opportunity to enjoy something in the winter of their lives.'

'There are many aspects of supporting the elderly which is important to us.'

The package, which costs more than £5,000, provides memory therapy for patients who have dementia, and the interactive system can be used in small groups or at the patient's bedside. It stores a huge selection of photographs, video clips, radio shows, and music from as far back as the 1930s.

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Laurence Morlaas, fundraising executive at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said: 'We are thrilled that GCL has pledged to purchase a whole dementia software unit as this will be of enormous help to our patients who have dementia.

'The hospital is very much looking forward to ordering this specialist equipment at the end of May.

'This will be the second specialist software for the patients.

'It's lovely to get corporate sponsorship from a company which has been helping to improve the hospital's working environment.'

Ms Morlaas encouraged other companies to get involved in the appeal by donating money in instalments for the equipment.

To donate to the appeal visit, or pay by cheque: payable to 'Excel Appeal' and send to Laurence Morlaàs, fundraising executive, QEH, Gayton Road, King's Lynn PE30 4ET.

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