The family and friends of a young man who sadly died following a
road accident 25 years ago have dedicated themselves to supporting
good causes in his name.
Ada and Frank Hutchinson, who lost their son, Gary, in 1992,
made the most recent donation to the intensive treatment unit at
Darlington Memorial Hospital, where Gary sadly spent his final
days. They visited the unit to present a cheque for £900.
Mrs Hutchinson, said, "We've raised over £100K for all kinds of
causes over the years and couldn't have done this without support
of many of Gary's friends. He would have been 50 a few weeks
ago and his friends held a party in his honour at which donations
"Gary received excellent care at Darlington Memorial Hospital
and the nurses are wonderful but even after all these years it's
still difficult coming back. They say loss gets easier over
time but, unfortunately, we haven't found that to be the
case. We're lucky enough to also have two daughters, Claire
and Lisa and two lovely grandchildren."
Diane Cruickshank, ITU manager, said, "I was incredibly moved to
hear about the fundraising Gary's family and friends have done in
his name for the past 25 years. His parents wanted to deliver their
donation themselves and were amazed at the changes in ITU. In
1992 we were a four-bedded unit and Frank and Ada commented on how
much bigger and brighter it is - we have 12 beds now.
"ITU patients can become quite isolated from the outside world
and this very generous donation will help us provide an iPad for
each of our ITU beds so patients and their loved ones can use the
internet or perhaps watch a favourite TV programme or
'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their
Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital