PLANS to rid a hospital foyer of charity stalls have been halted for now.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has postponed for 12 months plans to replace stalls in Glan Clwyd Hospital’s foyer with vending machines.
Charities including Ysbyty Glan Clwyd League of Friends, British Heart Foundation, St Kentigern Hospice and Radio Ysbyty Glan Clwyd raise thousands of pounds each year from the stalls.
A spokesman for the health board said: “We want to reassure people work will not start in the foyer area of Glan Clwyd Hospital until late 2013 and the charity stalls will remain as they are until that time.
“We have been able to reconsider the issue and apologise for any confusion caused.
“We are keen to work in partnership with charity and voluntary group representatives to support and promote their valuable role in helping us deliver healthcare services.
“They have been invited to join the project stakeholder group which will look at the redevelopment of the foyer area and their views will be considered as part of the planning process.”
North Wales AM Llyr Huws Gruffydd said: “I’m glad the health board appears to have retreated from its threat of immediate eviction as of October 1 and is now giving the charities a further 12 months’ grace.
“It’s now imperative the building work takes into consideration the charities’ needs and I will continue to press for the charities to have space for fundraising in the new-look hospital.
“These charities raise thousands of pounds for the hospital each year and, without them, the health board would be paying thousands for services and equipment.”