An Ixworth businessman and his family have launched a campaign to buy equipment for the hospital unit that treated his grandmother.
Ben Lord wants to raise £25,000 to buy rehabilitation equipment for West Suffolk Hospital’s trauma and orthopaedic unit, which has seen his nan Beryl Rose through 11 joint replacement and fracture operations in 14 years.
Ben is planning psychic, quiz and Elvis nights, while June’s Ixworth Village Fete and Military Tattoo will also support his Arthrose Appeal.
Ben said: “I’m the most unsporting person but I’m going to do the London to Brighton Cycle Ride, that’s how I’m going to push myself.
“Beyond that it’s open to everyone and anyone who uses the orthopaedic unit.”
Beryl, who suffers from three forms of arthritis, said: “I’ve had good surgeons and the staff and everybody have always been so good that I’ve always felt comfortable here.
“I just hope people will support them. There are hundreds of thousands of people who’ve had operations here.”
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Andrew Dunn said: “The surgery we perform is one part of the patient’s care.
“The rehabilitation side is extremely important. The quicker you get the patients mobile and out of the hospital, the better the outcome.”