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Raising funds for cash-strapped Polis hospital

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By Bejay Browne

A FAMILY ‘fun day’ is being organised in Latchi in Paphos next month to raise much needed funds for Polis Hospital.

Any money raised will go towards equipping the town’s ambulance with vital accident and emergency equipment.

The event is the first of a number due to be held throughout the year to help raise funds for beleaguered Polis hospital, which has long been in need of a cash injection to alleviate staffing and equipment problems.

Tom Neville of Latchi Watersports, a well-established local business, came up with the idea and is supporting the event along with ‘shopcyprus’, an online retail outlet.

Neville said: “We hope to raise €5,000, which will be used for the hospital ambulance. The hospital is struggling to buy equipment and we wanted to help.”

Worsening problems at Polis Chrysochous hospital recently spurred the mayor to again appeal to the Minister of health to step in.

Angelos Georgiou made his appeal in a letter sent to minister Philippos Patsalis, which underlines a desperate lack of staff and necessary equipment. The mayor said that the hospital desperately needs upgrading and improvement and at least two more GPs.

The hospital covers the wider Polis area which has a population of around 13,000 permanent residents which almost doubles during the summer months. As there aren’t any other medical facilities in the area, the mayor said that the problem becomes even more acute and places patients’ health at greater risk.

Neville realised how dire the situation is when a family member recently needed medical attention. He said the event has the backing of both the hospital and the municipality.

“The mayor and the municipality are very happy about the event and we decided to put it on in April as there are a number of local events during the month.”

Neville said the Fun Day, which will take place on Monday, April 6, was planned to coincide with Anglican Easter Monday. “It’s a nice way to start off the summer season and something different for the holidaymakers as well as locals,” he said.

So far, ten stall holders have signed up for the event and Neville said they’re hoping to at least double that figure.

There will be a jam-packed programme and Latchi Watersports will be giving away free jet ski rides, parasailing and other water sport activities.

There will be traditional Cypriot dancing, live music, a magician, face painting and a bouncy castle for the kids. There will also be a raffle draw, with a top prize of an iPad Air, as well as free boat trips and meals out.

Restaurants in the area are offering discounted dishes for €7 throughout the day, €2 of which will be donated to the hospital.

For information to run a stall contact Tom Neville Latchi Watersports Centre 26322095, 99174443 or email [email protected]

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