Civil Engineering staff dig deep in memory of Eric7th Mar 2013

Generous staff at Jones Bros Civil Engineering have raised £1,300 for Friends of Renal Care Glan Clwyd after hosting an auction of promises in memory of a colleague who died last year.

Staff at the Ruthin based firm held a charity auction that raised enough money to buy 37 new mobile blood pressure machines for the unit at Glan Clwyd hospital.

The auction was held in memory of site manager Eric Jones, who died in October 2012.

Mr Jones’ wife Susan was on hand to present a cheque to Cath More of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, and Iona Jones, who organised the event with colleague Jenni Griffin, said she was delighted with the funds raised.

Iona said: “We were very pleased with how it went. It was great to go above last year’s total, and I suppose it was a bit closer to home, being for someone we know and worked with.

“It’s a great cause, and we were really pleased to give to it.”

A number of prize lots were generously donated to the auction, including tickets to see Manchester United in action at Old Trafford and Wales’ Six Nations clash with Ireland, as well as food hampers, outdoor clothing, model heavy goods vehicles and a spa treatment for two voucher.

Mr Jones, 63, from Denbigh, worked for Jones Bros for 12 years as a site manager, and Susan said that the staff at Glan Clwyd’s renal unit had been “extremely kind” during her husband’s treatment.

“They were so kind and caring with him, and always did whatever they could,” she said.

“They do some incredible work. There are people at the unit who go there for years waiting for a kidney transplant, and the care they give is incredibly good.”

The event, which was held at the Jones Bros Christmas party, topped the £900 raised a year ago in aid of St Kentigern Hospice in St Asaph.

Ray Pritchard, Relationships Manager for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “The Health Board is always extremely grateful of generous donations like this.

“It’s important to remember that these donations go towards items alongside what is normally provided by the NHS, so it’s really appreciated to help the quality of care patients receive.”