Car dealership Lexus Swindon has chosen the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust charity, Brighter Futures as its Charity of the Year.

To kick start the dealership’s year of fundraising, Lexus made a donation of £1,800 to Brighter Futures’ Droplet Cup project. This fantastic donation will allow the Trust to introduce Droplet Cups on 11 wards at the Great Western Hospital.

The Droplet Cup is an innovative device that makes it easier for patients to stay hydrated, and easier for carers and health care professionals to detect if a patient isn’t drinking regularly enough.

They are particularly beneficial for those who need additional support to stay hydrated, such as people living with dementia or the effects of a stroke. For patients who are at risk of poor hydration, this can inhibit their recovery, lengthen their stay in hospital or can even affect their survival.

In January, Brighter Futures launched the Droplet Cup Appeal to raise £3,801 to enable every ward to have six Droplet Cups available for vulnerable patients. The Lexus donation will take the total amount raised to £2,600 so Brighter Futures is now more than half-way to achieving its goal.

Jane Leighton, Major Gifts Manager for Brighter Futures, said: “We are so thrilled and thankful that Lexus Swindon have chosen us as their charity of the year and we look forward to working with them over the coming months as they help to raise vital funds to enhance the care provided here at Great Western Hospital.”

Jon Fish, Centre Principal at Lexus Swindon, said: “After some consideration of various charities in Swindon, we decided to support the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust charity Brighter Futures and its Droplet Cup initiative.

“The Swindon hospital is a key pillar in our community and it provides an excellent service to our team here at Lexus Swindon and the wider community. This is a great opportunity for us to give something back to the local area and our support will continue into 2019.”

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