A trustee of the Robinson Memorial Hospital and relative of its founder Samuel Robinson is one of the Northern Ireland recipients on the 2021 New Years Honours.
President and trustee of the Robinson Memorial Hospital David JM Robinson, great-nephew of the late Samuel Robinson, has received an MBE for services to the Health Board and the Covid-19 Response in North Antrim.
David, who sits on the board of the Robinson Memorial Hospital, is one of several individuals who are responsible to hold and manage what their website describes as the ‘endowments gifted by Samuel Robinson’ and to ‘pass the income into the Northern Health and Social Care Trust so that it may be appropriately used for the Robinson Hospital’.
In a gift to the people of Ballymoney and the surrounding area, the late Samuel Robinson gifted the Robinson Memorial Hospital in memory to his parents (Samuel and Margaret Megaw Robinson) who lived in Culcrum, two miles from the village of Cloughmills.
David still lives and runs a business in Cloughmills, funeral directors, which has been in the family for over 150 years and passed down through six generations of the Robinson’s from the family farm.
First opened in 1933, the hospital still plays an integral part in the local health provisions after in 1948 being incorporated into the National Health and Social Services trust who now have the responsibility for its running.