Stonehaven Dialysis unit now within sight

Alison Philip from Aly Bali, Stonehaven Rotary Club President Frank Budd give Dr Ann Humphrey a cheque for �3500 (Picture Jim Henderson)
Alison Philip from Aly Bali, Stonehaven Rotary Club President Frank Budd give Dr Ann Humphrey a cheque for �3500 (Picture Jim Henderson)

The lead fundraiser for Stonehaven’s long-awaited dialysis treatment unit has told The Leader that she believes that the bid to raise the £1million-plus provision is now within sight.

Dr Ann Humphrey, associate specialist in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s dialysis unit said: “I think we are now on the final furlong.”

And she praised the “marvellous and outstanding” community campaign to back the project which will see the unit established at the town’s community hospital.

Dr Humphrey was at Stonehaven Rotary Club’s last meeting to accept the latest donation from the club towards the cost of the unit.

The £3,500 contribution, which included just under £600 from the Aly Bali and Aly Bali B shops in Stonehaven, means the rotary club has now handed over nearly £31,000 in cash raised from various club activities aimed at making the unit a reality.

And after the meeting, Dr Humphrey said that fund raising from a range of donors means the unit fund is now standing at a total of around £981,000. This meant cash raised was edging ever closer to unit provision costs, which she said could be between £1.1 and £1.2million, subject to tendering. Meanwhile, Dr Humphrey said she shared the hope that the unit could be in operation as early as next spring.

The new unit will be able to treat 24 patients a week if working on a full-time basis. Initially, the unit would operate on a three-day week pattern.

President of Stonehaven Rotary Club Frank Budd said the club had been proud to play a leading role in the fund-raising process which was still ongoing, but there had also been “amazing” support from the wider community and other groupings.