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BVIHSA Receives $25,000 from Skelton Group and Skelton Family

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Skelton familyThe British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) announces that the Skelton Group of Companies and the Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton and his wife Mrs. Janice Skelton have made two donations totaling $25,000 to assist the new Peebles Hospital.

Yesterday, Monday 25th August, the Business Development Manager for the Skelton Group of Companies Ms. Ghana Skelton presented the Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Darlene Carty Baptiste, the Director of Hospital Services/Operations Mrs. Cedorene Malone-Smith and the Chief of Medical Staff Dr. June Samuel with a donation for $20,000.

Ms. Skelton stated that the donation is in honour of her grandparents Mr. Ellis A. Skelton and Mrs. Ellen L. Skelton. She stated that “The Skelton Group of Companies is happy to make a contribution to support the provision of optimum health care to the residents of the Virgin Islands.”

Last Friday, 22nd August, Mrs. Janice Skelton presented a check for $5,000 to the BVIHSA Chairman of the Board of Directors Mr. John I. Cline, Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Darlene Carty Baptiste, and Chief of Medical Staff Dr. June Samuel.

During the presentation, Mrs. Skelton stated “We are making this donation because of all the services my family has received from the hospital over the years and the future services we may eventually receive. In my opinion, we are giving back and investing in the future of health care. It is our honour to make a donation to the new Hospital.”

In response to Mrs. Skelton, Chairman John I. Cline said, “I am impressed with this display of leadership. It’s one thing for leaders to speak, but this donation is a display of leading by example. The Hon. Minister is not only putting the government’s money to good use, but is also putting his personal funds to improve health care for the people of the Virgin Islands.

The Pledge Programme was launched in the first quarter of 2014 to accept donations that would assist in purchasing the much needed medical equipment to outfit the new Peebles Hospital. The total budget for the medical equipment is estimated at 10 million dollars and the BVIHSA is hoping to raise at least half of the total cost through generous donations and fundraising activities.

The new Peebles Hospital has collected a total of $1,639,001.00 to-date in donations and the British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority thanks every donor for their generous contribution and remains committed to meeting the health care needs of the Territory.

Persons interested in making a contribution to outfitting the new Peebles Hospital, can contact at 852-7655 or 852-7511.'

Graeme Randle


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