The husband of a former patient at Darlington Memorial Hospital
is donating nearly £2000 to the ITU department after publishing a
poetry book in his wife's memory.
Mr Vince Elsbury's wife passed away in the ITU unit at
Darlington Hospital in September 2011. Following her death Mr
Elsbury turned to poetry and has now published a book of short
poems about the local area which he has been selling around the
county. The money he has raised from the sales he is donating to
the ITU at the hospital which cared for his wife during her last
Mr Elsbury said: "When my wife passed away I wanted to do
something in her memory and to give something back to the staff at
the hospital as she had received such excellent care. I started
writing poetry about the local area about my memories of Chilton
and growing up there and also about local events such as the 'Big
Meeting' Miner's Gala in Durham. With support from a local
publishing firm I was able to put these together into a book. I've
managed to sell 350 of the books with support from friends and
local businesses and I pleased that something good will be able to
come from something bad and that after the hospital did such a good
job I can put something back into the department with this
The department is hoping to use some of the Mr Elsbury's kind
donation to purchase some ipads for the unit which support patients
with communication and improve their experience while in
Jane Kelly, Sister on the ITU at Darlington said: "We are
extremely grateful to Mr Elsbury for his donation and offer him our
sincere thanks. Receiving donations such as this is recognition for
our staff that we are delivering excellent care and it is this
patient and relative perception that is so important to us."
Mr Elsbury returned to the hospital to present staff from the
ITU department with a cheque for £1,900.
Mr Elsbury would also like to give thanks to local sponsors
Hydram, Sheltee and Wheatsheaf, all of Chilton but most of all,
importantly all who have bought the book."
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham