On Thursday 5th March 2020, at the Grand Anse Home for the Age ,two pieces of equipment were handed over by the Grenada Voluntary Hospital Committee (GVHC)group in London that is in existence for 53 years, doing charity work at different institutions in Grenada.
Three Grenadian nurses formed the GVHC in 1967. It is a registered charity and is one of the oldest Grenada -focused voluntary groups in Britain. Grenada High Commissioner to London has traditionally been its patron.
The objectives of the GVHC are the relief of sickness in the state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique and supporting the charity work of hospitals and other similar institutions by financial and material contributions. Another objective is the relief of sickness in the Caribbean territories in such ways as the executive committee may from time to time decide and rendering of relief to persons who are in circumstances of need, hardship and distress. Also, to raise awareness of health issues amongst the African/Caribbean community in Britain.
The GVHC has supported the General Hospital in Grenada since 1967. It has also supported the St. Martin’s Home for the age in Crochu, as well as other institutions.
In June 2004, the GVHC adopted the female medical ward of the General Hospital and a plaque has been placed in the ward in recognition and in 2008 donated medical supplies and equipment to the female medical ward again.
In 2014 the GVHC donated 1000 pound to the Richmond Hill Home for the Elderly to purchase necessities and improve the comfort and dignity of its residents among many other projects undertaken by the group.
Lyris Buckmire, one of the founded members of the organization said it also started at her home back in 1967 where she got a vison to donate some much-needed food trays for the General Hospital, so that persons can get their meals on a tray since they didn’t have any at the time. The vision was soon realized after getting other Grenadians who at the time were living in London to come on board to make the vision a success. At a later date they were able to ship the trays to Grenada for the General Hospital. It didn’t end there, they continued on the same path doing fund raisers to assist them in contributing to their country, to her it’s a matter of when God speaks to someone they must listen and obey.
Chairman of the committee thanked Ms. Buckmire for her vision, because without the vision there will be no GVHC today. GVHC have continued to provide support to the General Hospital and outside in the communities, like homes and other establishments, and also individuals.
She noted that, they are now extending their services in reaching out to the people of Carriacou and making some donations to the home there. They will continue to work hard and provide the support that is required.
Manager at the Grand Anse Home for the Age thanked the GVHC on behalf of the board of directors at the home for their kind gesture in making the generous donation of a refrigerator and a Dryer to their establishment. She assures them that their donation will be used in a manner that will reflect their gratitude in maintaining them to the best of their ability.