Yarnton generosity sees trust fulfil its purpose

Dr Kulwant Pandher, second left, with trustees Graham Melhuish, Sheila Westall and John Cherry at Yarnton Medical Practice. Picture: OX64948 Antony Moore

Dr Kulwant Pandher, second left, with trustees Graham Melhuish, Sheila Westall and John Cherry at Yarnton Medical Practice. Picture: OX64948 Antony Moore

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A VILLAGE trust set up to collect cash for health equipment is being disbanded because the local surgery now has all the kit it needs.

The Yarnton Medical Practice Trust Fund was started in 2005 after a new surgery opened in Rutten Lane the previous year, but there was not enough equipment to meet patients’ needs.

Since then the trust has been able to give Yarnton Medical Practice £15,861 through village donations.

Dr Kulwant Pandher said: “It has done its job very well. We have literally everything we need in terms of equipment for patient care. We have come a long way.”

The GP said items bought included eye examination equipment, electric adjustable couches for the elderly, and blood pressure machines.

Trust secretary Sheila Westall said the registered charity had provided a way for villagers to see their money spent on equipment for their local surgery. And she said the trust was pleased it had managed to do so much.

She explained: “We are very satisfied. We are pleased with what we have done because people have been extremely generous.

“We are delighted that we have a first class surgery in the village.”

“But there comes a time when you say the practice does not need any more equipment.

“There are other charities in need when people want to make bequests.”

She said villagers in Kidlington had also benefitted from the trust fund as they did not have to share equipment with Yarnton patients.

Trust treasurer John Cherry said no fundraising had been needed as all the cash had come from donations and legacies.

He said: “They are obviously patients who have been very grateful for the care they have received in the surgery.

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“It’s totally amazing that we have been able to contribute that sort of money bearing in mind we are not that big a village.”

The trust fund is be closed formally at a meeting this month.

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