Sarah’s family raise £25,000 for hospital

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THE family of Sarah Applin who died after battling swine flu have donated £25,000 to West Suffolk Hospital.

The money was amassed through a major fund-raising campaign held in memory of the mum of three, who passed away at the hospital in January 2011.

It will pay for a specialist electric profiling bed for the Critical Care Unit.

Her family presented the money to Dr Jon Cardy, clinical director for A&E and consultant in critical care medicine, during a fund-raising ball at Ickworth House organised by Sarah’s sister Grace.

Her mum Jane said: “There have been lots of events taking place to raise funds, including a bed race, music day and Friday’s ball. A couple of groups have done sponsored bike rides and we’ve been selling wrist bands. We’ve also had quite a few really generous donations from people.

“We’re really pleased we have been able to raise the money in Sarah’s memory and are grateful to everyone who has helped.

“We hope the new bed will make a big difference to patients at the hospital.”

The specialist bed helps provide therapy to patients with critical illnesses to speed up their recovery. Particularly useful for those with severe lung conditions, it can be set in many positions and can rotate and turn patients to help reduce complications.

Dr Cardy said: “We’re extremely grateful to Sarah’s family and everyone who has been involved in raising this money, which will allow us to buy a second specialist bed for our critical care unit.

“These electric profiling beds are invaluable for providing rotational, percussion and vibration therapies.”