The Henry Bloom Noble Healthcare Trust has recognised the long and loyal commitment of five men who have dedicated almost 100 years of service to the charity.
More than 80 guests attended a special event commemorating the Trust’s 125th anniversary at Government House, including Health Minister David Anderson and Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood, who presented framed certificates acknowledging decades of devotion to the Trust and its work.
Trust Chairman Larry Keenan introduced each of the recipients, paying tribute to their valued service.
Certificates were handed to former Trustees Harley Corkill and Bob Dowty, who each served for more than 15 years, and current Trustee Lawrence Kearns, who has spent more than 20 years with the Trust. The family of Bill Kelly, who passed away earlier this year, were on hand to accept a certificate marking his more than 30 years as Trust secretary.
Former Trustee Thomas Osborne, who served for more than 15 years, was unable to attend, but had his certificate presented at his home.
Mr Keenan said: “It was an honour in our 125th anniversary year to be able to recognise the long and loyal service of these five men who dedicated so much time and energy to the Trust. We rely entirely on public donations to conduct the Trust’s work, but that work is only possible because of the commitment and skills of people like Harley, Bob, Bill, Tom and Lawrence.”
“The event at Government House was a wonderful celebration of our anniversary, and a chance to look back on 125 years of the Trust as well as looking to the future. I’d like to thank His Excellency for kindly agreeing to allow us to use his home, and everyone who attended to help us celebrate.”
“The Trust was established to help improve healthcare in the Isle of Man, and to this day, thanks to generous public donations and bequests, we continue that mission.”
“In its earliest days, the Trust was instrumental in the provision of vital buildings, improvements to medical services and supporting those who assist people with care requirements due to poor health or disability. Today we work closely with the Department of Health and other bodies to identify areas we can support to bring further improvements.”
“This has included investment in buildings, such as a substantial donation towards to completion of the children’s hospice Rebecca House, investment in medical equipment and training, support for research and health education, and providing for a better quality of life for people with both long and short-term care needs.”
“We have marked 125 years and with the on-going commitment of people like those recognised at Government House and the continued support of the public, the Trust will continue to help enhance and improve healthcare provision in the Island.”
For more information about the Henry Bloom Noble Healthcare Trust visit www.hbnhealthcaretrust.org.im
Photograph: Certificate recipients with Trustees and Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood