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Poet’s lines raise £2000 for intensive care unit

The husband of a former patient at DMH has donated nearly £2,000 to the ITU department after publishing a poetry book in his wife's memory.

ITU donation 2015 


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."

'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after and very impressed.'

Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital