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Patient donation to Darlington intensive care unit

vince elsbury donation

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 days.

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 donation."

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 hospital.

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."

'I feel it is important to relay my experience back to let the staff know they are doing a brilliant job! I would like them to know I appreciated all they did for myself, my family and our beautiful baby girl.'

Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital