A GENEROUS gift from a bereaved wife will help to keep patients and visitors at Basildon University Hospital cool and comfortable.Mrs Christine Walker’s husband Geoffrey passed away, aged 71, in April this year, after a battle with prostate cancer. The couple, from Billericay, had been happily married for 48 years.Christine said: “Geoffrey’s condition was getting worse when he came onto Osler Ward at Basildon Hospital, and I have never known such kindness. The staff took such care with him, always talking to him and trying to help him eat. And the whole area was absolutely spotless. “My husband was never unhappy; we were always laughing, added Christine. “Before he died he had booked four breaks around Britain for us to go on, and I decided to go on them rather than stay at home. I feel you have to get on with life, even though I miss him so much. The last seven years of his life were worrying for both of us because he was ill. At Geoffrey’s funeral, Christine asked for donations rather than flowers, knowing she wanted to give something back to patients and staff on Osler Ward. She raised £565, which has been used to buy nine electric fans and a set of new chairs for the visitors’ room.Christine returned to Osler Ward this week to see the staff and the new equipment.Olusola Odubanjo, senior sister, said: “I want to thank you on behalf of patients and staff for this generous contribution to our ward. The fans were really appreciated by patients during the hot weather and the 20 new chairs have made such a positive difference to the relatives’ room.
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