Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

Hospital receives life changing children’s equipment provided by Synergy Automotive

27 Sep 2017 by Quest Public Relations Ltd

Pioneering equipment that will boost the quality of life for thousands of children suffering from asthma has been installed at Harrogate District Hospital following a fundraising drive by Synergy Automotive

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The company’s work with The Rainbow Fund, which improves the lives of sick and disadvantaged children in the area, has provided the funds to the Paediatric Outpatients Department to allow them to purchase two valuable pieces of equipment.

They comprise a blood pressure machine and a ground breaking exhaled nitrous oxide machine which measures levels of inflammation of the airways in asthmatic children and determines treatment plans which can be life-changing for patients. The department is the only one of its kind in the country to take stock of this equipment. 

Since becoming the Rainbow Fund’s exclusive corporate partner last year, Harrogate-based Synergy, a leading vehicle leasing and finance credit broker, smashed its £5k fundraising target four months early after spearheading a vibrant campaign which included a 10km ‘mudstacle’ challenge.

Sal Katib, paediatric asthma specialist nurse and manager at Harrogate District Hospital Paediatric Outpatients Department, said: “Every piece of equipment is vital and the revolutionary exhaled nitrous oxide machine will boost the quality of life for many thousands of children over its lifespan - enabling them to lead more active and fulfilling lives. The commitment and generosity of The Rainbow Fund and Synergy Automotive is very much appreciated.”

Synergy Automotive MD, Paul Parkinson, said: “We were blown over by the high quality of care and commitment from Sal and the team in the department. To see at first-hand the difference the exhaled nitrous oxide machine we provided is already making is both emotional and inspirational. Well done to everyone involved in making this happen.”

Synergy’s 27-strong team is marking a formative 12 months. Milestones include achieving the Gold Trusted Service Award from global independent feedback engine, Feefo, for the third consecutive year for excellence in customer experience. The business has also boosted staffing levels by 23 per cent and appointed two additional directors – bringing the board to six strong.  

Caption: Changing lives: Sal Katib (centre) with Alex Vere, The Rainbow Fund, Paul Parkinson, David Fisher, Harrogate District Hospital and Caroline Carter, The Rainbow Fund.