Concert for critical care unit at West Suffolk Hospital raises £1,150
A fundraising concert held in Bury St Edmunds to help raise money for the critical care unit at the West Suffolk Hospital following treatment they gave to a ladder fall victim has raised a total of £1,150.
It was held at All Saints Church, in Park Road, featuring the duo of Carol Skinner, on flute, and Stuart Green, on the harp.
The concert was organised to help boost the funds of the My WiSH Charity, which supports the hospital, with money raised from the event going towards the unit.
It was held as a “thank you” to the staff for caring for Ian Payne who received treatment at the West Suffolk since he was first admitted back in 2016.
In November 2015, he sustained a life changing injury following a fall from a ladder whilst helping a neighbour. His wife Rosy broke his fall but incurred a wedge fracture to three vertebrae.
For Ian this resulted in a traumatic brain injury. He was treated at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, and the West Suffolk Hospital and specialist neurological rehabilitation centres … the Colman Hospital, in Norwich, and Icanhoe Centre, in Stowmarket.
Despite the severity of the injury the 63-year-old has retained his personality, sense of humour and ready wit, but he still has severe left sided weakness and is wheelchair bound.
Unfortunately he contracted C difficile last spring and spent a further five weeks at the West Suffolk Hospital in critical care and then F12.
Rosy said the concert was a big success and was grateful to those who could not attend but donated to the fund.
Up to 60 people attended the event and she added that it was an emotional day to link up with hospital staff again when they handed over a cheque.
“It was quite an emotional occasion for all of us,” she said.
“Ian was able to see where he was cared for and staff were thrilled to see him and we were able to see the lead consultant.”
And Amy Hatch, fundraising officer for My WiSH, said: “They were also able to visit F12 and see the nurse in charge who had looked after Ian last year, who happened to be on shift.
“All of them seemed genuinely delighted to see him and witness the progress he has made since he left their care.”
Photo Top; Nurse in charge of the critical care unit Debbie Baker, left, with Ian and Rosy Payne, and Sue Smith, fundraising officer for My WiSH.
Photo Bottom; Dr Ian Frost, Ian and Rosy Payne and Debbie Baker, nurse in charge of the critical care unit.
Written by Russell Cook