Bob Yearby, who worked on the original West Suffolk Hospital building, has returned to the hospital on the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
A Red Lodge receptionist and Stowmarket community group were among those recognised on the night.
The group spoke to staff during a session at West Suffolk Hospital last week.
The toy was found in the ultrasound department at the beginning of the month.
Mum shaves hair to raise funds for West Suffolk hospital ward after they cared for her three-year-old daughter when she had leukaemia.
A 'service of reflection and hope' will be held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Sunday for Action Mesothelioma Day.