Sponsored windows will raise cash for Rocky Appeal

Jan Spear chairman League of Friends and Peter Mellor director of corporate affairs  with the stained glass window purchased by the League of Friends. ''Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham is hoping to sell a twelve stained glass windows and church pews to raise money for the Rocky Appeal. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141281-752)
Jan Spear chairman League of Friends and Peter Mellor director of corporate affairs with the stained glass window purchased by the League of Friends. ''Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham is hoping to sell a twelve stained glass windows and church pews to raise money for the Rocky Appeal. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141281-752)

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STANDING tall and steeped in history, 12 stained glass windows from a former Portsmouth hospital will soon be on display again.

The 8ft by 2ft panes were saved when the Royal Portsmouth Hospital, which used to be in Commercial Road where Sainsbury’s stands, closed in 1978.

Kept in someone’s home for safe-keeping, the panes have been handed over to Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital.

The trust now wants to display the pieces of art in QA, and would like to raise money for The Rocky Appeal at the same time.

Each window depicts a different saint, and people can have the chance to sponsor one for £2,500.

Mick Lyons, appeals coordinator, said: ‘All this time the glass has been in storage, and now we would like them on display again.

‘The League of Friends has already sponsored one with Florence Nightingale on it.

‘It means when the glass goes up, a plaque underneath will say who it is sponsored by.

‘They really are beautiful stained glass windows.’

Money raised will go towards paying for the £2.4m Da Vinci Robot.

As reported, the robot is a hi-tech remote-controlled device, which means surgeons can work more precisely and with more manoeuvrability than by using traditional surgery methods.

QA is the only hospital in the UK to use the robot for multiple procedures.

Another £1.9m is still needed to buy the robot, which is currently on loan and already being used to treat patients.

The trust is also selling 11 8ft wooden pews, for £250 each.

Half of this money will go to The Rocky Appeal, while the other half to QA’s chaplain service.

To find out more, contact Mr Lyons on (023) 9228 6487 or email mick.lyons@porthosp.nhs.uk