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Chemo suite opens with donation from the Ayling-Buttigieg family

The Chemotherapy Unit at St Bernard’s hospital was formally opened yesterday and named after the Ayling-Buttigieg family who donated £130,000.

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo unveiled the Ayling-Buttigieg Chemotherapy Unit alongside the Minister for Health Dr John Cortes and Margaret Ayling herself who donated the funds, and described it as a “red letter day for Gibraltar”.

“I am therefore delighted that we are able to count with Margaret's generous and selfless support in assisting in the establishment of this groundbreaking service to the Community as a whole. The whole nation will want to thanks Mrs Ayling for her philanthropy and assistance which has been altruistic and which is reflected in the naming of the suite after Leslie and Mrs Ayling's own parents,” he said.

The suite situated on the second floor of St Bernard’s Hospital was unveiled on the 11th anniversary of Leslie Ayling’s death – Ms Ayling’s late husband who died of cancer. The unit is also dedicated to Ms Ayling’s late parents, Anthony and Lucia Buttigieg.

Ms Ayling told the Chronicle she will continue donating money from her estate agency business to St Bernard’s hospital and has drafted a will stating the GHA will inherit her funds.

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