Memorial fund scholarship will support training for hospice nurses

Memorial fund scholarship will support training for hospice nurses

A scholarship fund established in memory of lifelong Gwent health supporter Trevor Gray will be used to help support end of life care training for hospice nurses.

The Trevor Gray Scholarship Fund will assist with educational courses in conjunction with Gwent-based end of life charity St David’s Hospice Care.

Trevor Gray, JP, MBE, who died aged 66 in 1985, was company secretary of the Gwent Hospitals Contributory Fund for 36 years and a lay board member for Wales for the General Medical Council

The scholarship will also be used to help strengthen links between the Aneurin Bevan Health Board, St David’s Hospice Care and Plutus Health, formerly Gwent Hospitals Contributory Fund.

Money will further be used to assist St David’s Hospice Care to establish its new education centre to be called The Trevor Gray Education Centre.

The centre, which is to be used for training, meetings, external courses and seminars, was officially opened recently at Withey Court, Ty Coch Way, Cwmbran.

Andy Wilkins, CEO of Plutus Health, said: “We’re so pleased that the money raised in the memory of Trevor Gray JP, MBE, former Company Secretary of Gwent Hospitals Contributory Fund, has found a positive use once again. Alongside helping to establish the new facility in Cwmbran, the money will also assist with training nurses in palliative care, something our business has always aimed to support wherever possible.

 “St David’s work tirelessly to provide care for seriously ill people across Newport, so its hugely rewarding to see fundraising monies, which are managed through Plutus Health, put to such great use.”

Emma Saysell, Chief Executive of St David’s Hospice Care, said: “The Trevor Gray Education Centre is something we have needed for quite some time. This is a significant addition to the various developments we have planned. We are thrilled with the outcome and support of the Trevor Gray Scholarship.”

St David’s Hospice Care are funding the lease costs for the new centre, which has room to accommodate up to fifty people, while the Trevor Gray Scholarship provided the funds for the refurbishment, IT and furniture.

The centre, which has one large room, a practical room, three breakout rooms, refreshment area and an e-learning room, will be used as a training centre for a variety of hospice nurses, shop staff along with district nurses, GPs and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

The centre, which will be run by St David’s Hospice Care, will also be available for use by external agencies to use it to run external courses and training sessions, in particular for care home staff.

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