Mental health patients get welcome funds

Mental health patients will get some welcome privacy thanks to a donation from Higgs Johnson Truman Bodden & Co. The firm donated much needed funds to Dr. Marc Lockhart at the Cayman Islands Mental Health Department at George Town Hospital.

The donation idea came from Higgs Johnson Truman Bodden & Co. Employeee Veronica Fierro who recognized the Department’s need for funding to replace plastic sheeting attached to the courtyard fence. The sheeting once provided residents with some privacy when they sat outside.

Hurricane Ivan destroyed the sheeting in September 2004 and so it is fitting that five years later, the firm has taken its corporate responsibility seriously and given the necessary funds to help the residents regain their privacy.

‘At this time of year, due to it being the hurricane season, we have a considerable increase in the number of people coming to see us with anxiety or stress related symptoms,’ said Dr. Lockhart.

‘It is therefore more important than ever that we have better facilities for our residents here. We are grateful to Veronica Fierro and Higgs Johnson Truman Bodden & Co for placing importance on the vital work that the Mental Health Department does, especially at this time of year,’ he said.

‘I would ask that other businesses follow their excellent example as more could be done to improve the quality of life for our patients here, if more donations were made – no amount is too small.’

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