Patient’s family donates money to Basildon Hospital for wheelchairs in memory of late father

Patient’s family donates money to Basildon Hospital for wheelchairs in memory of late father

A FAMILY has raised £7531.42 for wheelchairs for the stroke unit at Basildon Hospital, in memory of their late father.

John Gent was a patient in Basildon Hospital’s stroke unit, who suffered a stroke following hip surgery in 2017. Despite all the doctors and nurses efforts to save his life, he passed away in December 2017.

Grateful for the care and support their dad received, his family raised the money through fundraising events. With the money they were able to purchase specialist wheelchairs for patients like John who have had a stroke. The chairs are very beneficial to patients in the early stages of rehabilitation.

The money has also paid for two standard wheelchairs. The ward has created a wish list for other items to be purchased with the remaining funds.

Miriam Gent, John Gent’s daughter said, “We are so grateful for the care and compassion of staff, from the consultants to the domestic staff who supported us. As a family we wanted to give something back and leave a legacy to Dad. These chairs make such a difference to patients and we felt it would be great if we could provide some more for the ward.”

Clair Grayston, fundraising co-ordinator said, “We cannot thank the Gent family enough for their fantastic donation to the Pasteur ward. It was lovely to meet with the family and hear about their wonderful dad. The chairs and additional items will make a huge difference to our patients being treated for Strokes on the ward.”

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