The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has made the first payment to Pharmacist Support as part of a pledge it made to donate £1 for each of its members to the charity each year.

Mark Koziol, the chairman of the PDA, presented a cheque for more than £7,000 to Pharmacist Support chief executive Diane Leicester-Hallam. Pharmacist Support is an independent charity that helps pharmacists and their families, former pharmacists and pharmacy students.

“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,” Leicester-Hallam said.

“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.”

Koziol 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.”

He added: “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.”


Pictured: Mark Koziol with Diane Leicester-Hallam.