The late Bob and Flora Livsey, a charitable couple who decided to establish a trust fund to support healthcare services in North Wales when they died, have had their wish to support local people with health problems fulfilled.
The trustees of the Livsey Trust, which was created through Bob Livsey’s Will, have announced that a £550,000 grant from the Trust will support a new state-of-the-art facility to improve cardiac treatment at GlanClwydHospital.
The generous donation will help fund equipment in the hospital’s second catheter laboratory which is due to open in 2014. This new facility will see a significant number of Welsh patients who would have been sent to Liverpool and Chester receive cardiac angiography and angioplasty treatment locally.
John Griffiths, Bob and Flora’s nephew and Trustee of the Livsey Trust explained why the Livseys wanted to leave a generous legacy to support patients in the region:
“My aunt and uncle chose to leave their estate in a trust fund for the benefit of the Coronary Care Unit and other departments in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in appreciation of the excellent medical attention they both received over the later years of their lives.
“Former teachers Bob and Flora, who met at AbergelePrimary School where they both worked, wanted to help and support others in North Wales.
“They retired in Rhos-on-Sea and as they entered the senior years of their lives they both came to depend upon the local medical services of North Wales.
“I am very pleased that the Livsey Trust will be supporting the new Catheter Laboratory. I have an internal cardiac defibrillator myself, so I know how important it is for patients to be treated locally and have the necessary equipment available in the nearest hospital.
“Bob had to travel to England for treatment himself and I am sure that he would be very pleased that his money was being used to enable the people of North Wales get treatment locally.”
Kirsty Thomson, Head of Fundraising for Awyr Las, the charity for better healthcare in North Wales said:
“We are thrilled that the Trustees of the Livsey Trust have pledged to support the development of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd’s second Catheter Laboratory with this generous £550,000 gift.
“This generous legacy gift will make a real difference to people with cardiac issues in North Wales. It is particularly fitting that the Livseys’ heartfelt commitment to their local community will benefit patients with heart problems.”
Vernon Oliver, Partner, Gamlins Solicitors LLP and Trustee of the Livsey Trust added:
“Having known Mr and Mrs Livsey, I am delighted that the Trust is contributing to such an important project. I know that the Livseys would be very pleased that their legacy will have such a significant impact on the lives of people across the region for many years to come.”
Dr Richard Cowell, Cardiac Network Lead Cardiologist said:
“This catheter lab will enable us to perform all cardiac angiography and angioplasty locally thus avoiding the need to travel to Liverpool or Chester for these procedures. This will be more convenient for patients and relatives.”
The Livsey’s wish was to help patients in North Wales after their deaths through the Livsey Fund. Next year when the Catheter Laboratory is completed it is not only their wish that will be met; through their kindness the Livsey’s have helped fulfill the wishes of many others who want their relatives to be able to receive life-saving treatment locally.