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Businessman launches orthopaedics appeal for specialist walking frames

An Ixworth businessman has today launched a fundraising campaign inspired by his Nan's continuing support and treatment at West Suffolk Hospital.

Ben Lord wanted to say a personal thank you to the Hospital's trauma and orthopaedic department after his Nan, Beryl Rose, underwent 11 operations in the last 14 years.

In that time, she has lived with three debilitating forms of arthritis and had five replacement operations on her knee, shoulder and hip as well as sustaining two broken arms.

Today, in recognition of the first-class care and treatment received by her and her family, as well as to raise awareness of the invaluable skill and effort the team of specialists provide, Ben has launched The Arthrose Appeal, to fund specialist walking frames for patients.

The appeal, named after the Dutch term for arthritis, will see Ben organise a number of events throughout the year.

Among them, and despite describing himself as the most "unsporty person in West Suffolk", he will be getting in the saddle to take part in this year's London to Brighton charity bike ride as well as organising a variety of fundraising initiates and events.

He said: "Each and every time that Nan has been treated at the West Suffolk, it's been done so with absolute excellence by the dedicated professionals who support not just the patient but their families as well.

"I have witnessed first-hand the brilliance in treating my Nan and seeing how a hugely painful and immobile situation can be reversed to you leading a normal daily life that offers restored mobility and pain-free is simply amazing.

"I knew I had to do something to give thanks and repay them and their colleagues for all that they've done now and over the past 14 years."

Beryl said: "I cannot speak too highly of the care and support I have received from the trauma and orthopaedic department at West Suffolk Hospital.

"It has not always been easy living with pain, but the Hospital staff have always gone above and beyond."

Ben's plans include quiz nights, a psychic night and an Elvis tribute evening while Ixworth's village fete, and military tattoo to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, in June will also support the appeal.

Andrew Dunn, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, said: "We are delighted that Ben and his family have chosen to support the Hospital's Orthopaedic department in this special way.

"The state-of-the-art and specialist walking frames will allow patients to become more mobile and rehabilitate much quicker after surgery."

Ben added: "Any amount of money that's raised for hospitals is worthwhile but it's rare that you hear of Trauma and Orthopaedics being the benefactor of a major fundraising campaign and coupled with our story, I felt that it was time to raise awareness of the value this department brings to each and every one of us across West Suffolk."

For more information on the Arthrose Appeal, or if you wish to support it in anyway, please contact Ben on 01359 232667 or email ben.lorduk@gmail.com.

To donate to the appeal, please visit www.justgiving.com/ArthroseAppeal.



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