“This joint initiative comes at a perfect time as those returning from holiday often head to our banks to change their foreign currency back to sterling and find that they have handfuls of coins left over which we are not able to exchange,”
said Matt Ford, Natwest Community Banker.
Coins collected will be converted to donations to the fund, part of Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity. The Cornish Medical Research Fund provides funding to support research projects with the addition of equipment facilities and more recently bursaries to facilitate more in house research projects.
Lisa Trembath, Lead Research Nurse at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust explains how donations to their fund are put to good use,
“Donations to our research funds can be used to purchase equipment needed to enable a research study to run or to create dedicated spaces for the treatment of research patients such as the recently created Horizon Suite housed within the Sunrise Centre.”
“At Royal Cornwall Hospital we have six research teams across a range of disciplines and are currently recruiting patients to over 200 studies as well as over 500 completed studies which we are continuing to capture follow up information,”
Donations such as those through the foreign coin collections can make all the difference to making research projects possible. The positive impact of research and development is well recognised by the team at Royal Cornwall Hospital,
“It is well known that Trusts that take part in research on the whole have better outcomes for patients,”
said Duncan Wheatley, Consultant Clinical Oncologist. He added;
“We have participated and indeed led many trials where favourable results have changed care guidelines and procedures which can only be a good thing.”
Foreign and obsolete coins are being collected at Natwest branches in Truro, St Austell, Launceston, Penzance, Falmouth, Camborne and in the mobile bank. There is also a collection box located at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity Pod at the Trelawny Entrance.