Stroke double donation raises ‘Unit changing’ £10,250
14 February 2019
Two groups of families and friends have helped raise £5,125 each to benefit the Stroke Unit at Southend University Hospital as a legacy for loved ones they have lost. The monies raised are in memory of Danny Spooner from Hullbridge and Alan Iles from Rayleigh.
Danny, 66, passed away in 2018 after suffering multiple strokes.
He liked to tinker with cars and bikes and was into his music.
Friend, Peter Halls, from Hullbridge along with Danny's son Graham
and a group of Danny's friends, organised a couple of music events
back in September 2018, raising over £5,000 in memory of Danny.
Another of Peter's friends, Mark Iles from Benfleet, decided to
generously match that amount with money in memory of his dad, Alan
Alan suffered a stroke in 2006 and was cared for by staff at
Southend Hospital; he passed away in 2017 and would have been
really pleased about the donation to the Unit that treated him. In
total the pair, along with family and friends have raised an
Karis Reeve, Ward Manager from the Stroke Unit, said: "This
money will be Unit changing for staff, but most importantly for
patients and relatives who will benefit hugely from both the big
ticket items and those smaller items. Big or small they all make a
real difference to the lives of patients who have suffered a
stroke. We can't thank the friends and family of Danny and Alan
Equipment being purchased for the Stroke Unit includes two
weighing beds, which as the name suggests has built in scales and
will enable patients to be weighed quickly and staff will be
able to instantly calculate the thrombolysis dosage required, which
is based on weight.
Karis said: "The earlier treatment can start the greater the
chance of recovery and there is the reduced likelihood of permanent
disability and less need for extensive rehabilitation.
Two Hi-Lo beds ticked off the list will help reduce falls for
disorientated patients as it can be lowered to the floor so that if
the patient attempts to get out of bed the fall impact will be
Two shower chairs will also help provide support for immobile
patients enabling them to shower in a safe and comfortable
Finally there are 15 DAB radios for across the unit to provide
all side rooms and bays the music, which can help not only with
orientation and reminiscence therapy but also create a calm
Peter said: "We'd like to say a big thank you to all those
people who have supported the fundraising events and their
generosity. The funds raised will be able to purchase much needed
equipment and greatly benefit Stroke Unit staff and patients. We
believe not only is it a fitting way to remember Danny, but more
importantly how much an impression people can make on our
Mark added: "The stroke unit at Southend Hospital saved my
father's life in 2006 and we are very happy to show our gratitude
by way of this donation."