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Family raise £2,800 for Critical Care Unit in memory of much-loved Mick

Donations in memory of a much-loved fire fighter have seen his family raise £2,800 for West Suffolk Hospital’s Critical Care Unit.

The family of Michael Zarych wanted to say a special thank you to the hospital unit after they cared for the 65-year-old before he passed in June.

A collection at his funeral and other donations raised money, with the family recently presenting it to staff on the unit.

Speaking on behalf of the family, his son Jon said: “The support Dad received from the Critical Care Unit was second to none.

“It was very difficult to keep coming back to the hospital for the four weeks but they made sure they looked after us as well.”

Michael was a well-respected fire fighter for almost 30 years in London before retiring to Felsham with his wife Moira where he became a very active member of the community.

Jon added: “Dad was a valued member of the community in Felsham, a very loving father and grandfather, and very funny and super-intelligent man.”

“We were so touched by the amount of people who knew him and instead of wasting money on flowers at his funeral we wanted to donate to the hospital unit that looked after him so that others may benefit from our loss. He’d be so proud.”

“The money was raised from the generosity of our wonderful friends - many who didn’t know him, ex-colleagues of Dad in the London Fire Brigade, local residents of Felsham, and the crib league he was chairman of.”

Hayley Gilbrook, Professional Development Nurse in Critical Care, said: “We would like to thank everyone who gave a donation in Michael’s memory.

“He was obviously a much-loved man. We would also like to thank his family for thinking of the Unit in this way.”

The money will go towards purchasing patient TVs in the Unit as well as improving other facilities for patients. 


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