The orthopaedic department at West Suffolk Hospital has received new equipment worth £9,000 thanks to an Ixworth businessman’s fund-raising campaign.
Ben Lord launched the Arthrose Appeal 18 months ago to say thank you to the hospital’s orthopaedic and fracture clinic teams for the care they had shown to his nan Beryl Rose.
His campaign has so far raised more than £14,000 and was given a boost by the St Edmunds Trust who awarded a grant of £9,000.
The money has paid for six specialist walking frames and a continuous passive motion (CPM) machine which helps knee joint recovery.
Mr Lord said: “I’m so grateful to the St Edmunds Trust for supporting the Arthrose Appeal and therefore the hospital’s orthopaedic team. After the care and support the team had shown my nan and our whole family, I just wanted to do whatever I could to raise awareness of their fantastic work – and raise funds at the same time. We would have been completely lost without the team and this was our way of giving something back and helping other patients.”
Alan Bedford, a member of the St Edmunds Trust and former orthopaedic consultant at the hospital, said: “Ben has done an amazing job to raise a huge amount of money. We are delighted to support the appeal which has provided much-needed equipment which should improve and speed the care of patients at West Suffolk Hospital undergoing hip and knee replacement.” Visit www.stedmundstrust.onesuffolk.net