Hospital stalwart Mike Perry to retire from Ilkeston’s League of Friends
Well known Ilkeston stalwart Mike Perry is retiring after 18 years as president of the League of Friends of Ilkeston Community Hospital during which time he was also chairman for 13 years.
Mike and his wife Pauline are leaving the area for North Wales on 18 October and saying goodbye to friends and colleagues in Ilkeston. Pauline has been very active on the league’s committees in various key roles and especially over the last six years as treasurer.
Prem Singh, chairman of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust which runs Ilkeston Community Hospital, said: “I’d like to wish Mike and Pauline a very happy retirement after many years of public service, not just within our NHS trust and at Ilkeston Community Hospital, but to the local community. They have given many hours of their time to serve the local community and we are grateful for their involvement in the hospital’s league of friends over the years.”
Hospital leagues of friends are voluntary organisations which support the work of the NHS, raising funds to support projects which enhance patient care and improve the environment for patients, staff and visitors. They are registered charities which are run by dedicated volunteers.
The League of Friends of Ilkeston Community Hospital is very active and among the recent large projects which it has enabled is the opening of Smiley’s café in the entrance to the hospital in April 2017.
Eileen Knight, chairman of the League of Friends of Ilkeston Community Hospital, said: “Mike and Pauline thoroughly deserve a long and happy retirement. They have given so much to the league over the past 18 years and we are indebted to them for their time, commitment and enthusiasm.
“Our league is very active and amongst recent large projects we’ve been proud to open Smiley’s café and our dedicated shop in April 2017. Both facilities are in the entrance to the hospital.”
“Other projects included the purchase of high tech, high definition equipment for the Diagnostic and Treatment Centre and, currently, a five year rolling programme for the replacement of surgical trolleys in the Diagnostic and Treatment Centre.
“Our committee, supported by dedicated volunteers, will continue to work hard for the hospital’s patients, staff and visitors.”
Mike, a retired police inspector who spent 37 years in the Police Force, and his wife Pauline hosted two farewell events in the hospital to say goodbye to their many friends and colleagues from their association with Ilkeston Community Hospital.