Festive lights display leads to donation for hospital intensive care unit

Derek Stannard with his wife and Critical Care Matron Deirdre McFarlane
Derek Stannard with his wife and Critical Care Matron Deirdre McFarlane

Published on 17 January 2020

A grateful patient has donated £150 to a hospital intensive care unit where staff nursed him back to health three years ago.

Derek Stannard raised money by asking people to leave donations when they came to admire the Christmas lights display at his home in Orchard Close, Ramsgate.

And as well as the cheque, he and his wife also dropped off chocolates for staff on the unit at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.

Mr Stannard said: “It is a small way to say thank you to everyone for their dedication for nursing me back to health.”

Critical Care Matron Deirdre McFarlane said: “It is always a pleasure to see former patients looking healthy and happy, and for the team to receive thanks for their work.

“It is a privilege to be able to make a real difference to people’s lives at a time when they are at their most vulnerable and scared, and to see them recover is reward enough.

“But donations like this will help us continue to improve the ward environment for other patients, and we are very grateful to Mr Stannard for his generosity and kindness in thinking of us.”

The money will be put towards items to benefit staff and patients. Donations to any East Kent Hospitals ward or department can be made via East Kent Hospitals Charity – for more information see https://www.ekhcharity.org.uk/make-a-difference/donate/