BHTA donates $40,000 in supplies to QEH and Harrison’s Point

The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) has made an additional donation to Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and Harrison’s Point Isolation Facility as part of its Charitable Assistance Program.

Over the past two years, BHTA has made similar presentations to both institutions as well as the Paragon Facility to help fight COVID-19, and has also provided support to the government’s Adopt Our Families Fund, other charities and employees of the tourism industry. , among others.

President Renée Coppin explained that this recent presentation, worth more than $40,000, included items such as sheets, blankets and bath and hand towels.

“Today’s presentation is a continuation not only of the Association’s program, but also that of our members who have donated similar items, as well as care packages, food, cleaning products, furniture, serving utensils, tablecloths and catering supplies, among other items, to these institutions,” she said.

The BHTA President noted that it has been a difficult two years for frontline workers, especially doctors, and expressed her immense gratitude for their valuable contribution.

“It has been a really difficult time for all of us, especially for all the healthcare professionals who have had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic on the front lines. This was a period that has also caused serious distress to our industry and we at BHTA take this opportunity to express our gratitude for the hard work as well as the support we have received from the medical fraternity over the past two years. .

“It is certainly a pleasure for us to make this donation as many of our guests, staff and family members have also used Harrison’s Point facilities during the pandemic and we are so grateful for your dedication and for your efforts to keep us safe during this time. time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Accepting the donation, QEH’s Executive Director of Clinical, Quality and Diagnostic Services and Head of Isolation Facilities, Dr Corey Forde thanked the BHTA and said: “This donation is a testament to the kind of cooperation that this country continued to have during this pandemic. , where many entities outside the health sector contributed to the health, protection and medical care of patients in these establishments.

“I am grateful to accept this donation on behalf of the QEH Board and management. It is not just what we see here today, but a continuation of the relationship that was previously fostered and that continues and that is the kind of cooperation that is needed, where different sectors can stand together and work together for the betterment of every Barbadian.”

QEH Board Director and Finance Sub-Committee Chair Dave Hinds also thanked the BHTA for the donation, noting: “It is phenomenal at a time like this that the BHTA is stepping in and providing a very significant contribution on many points. of sight. There are so many things we need in the hospital but we always need laundry, we always need clothes because they always need freshening up.

“It is also remarkable that in an environment where the tourism industry has perhaps been hardest hit by COVID-19, the BHTA would have stepped in. It shows a level of commitment and what is needed to build a community – everyone working together and giving of their abundance or their little.

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