THE Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has donated over £7,000 to Pharmacist Support, an independent charity which works for pharmacists and their families, as well as former pharmacists and pharmacy students, to provide help and support in times of need.
The donation is the first payment under an annual arrangement announced last year in which the company is donating £1 for every PDA member.
Diane Leicester-Hallam said, Chief Executive of Pharmacist Support said: “I am delighted to receive this donation on behalf of Pharmacist Support. The charity has worked alongside the PDA for a number of years now to provide support, where relevant, to enquirers who may benefit from their assistance in resolving a work related issue.
“The financial support the PDA are now providing will allow us to help more pharmacists, students and trainees facing challenging times whether they are PDA members or not.”
Mark Koziol, Chairman of the PDA, said: “The PDA is about pharmacists helping pharmacists and so this is a very natural way that we can do even more to help people in their time of need. We hope that what we are doing encourages other organisation to also support Diane and her colleagues with their fantastic work.
“Under this arrangement, the PDA will even donate £1 for every student member, even though they get their membership for free. As with working members, we want them to join the PDA so that they can call on us if they need our help, as we can only help our members. Unfortunately, some individuals may not appreciate the potential situations in which they may want us to assist them, until it’s too late, so we hope this donation may be an extra incentive for pharmacists and pharmacy students to sign up.”
Pharmacists will also have the option of donating additional funds to the charity when they renew their PDA membership.