A lung cancer survivor has given something back to the hospital where he, and his wife, received treatment that saved their lives.
Barrie Scothern, aged 75, of Tickhill, was so impressed with the quality of care and facilities for patients and their families at Doncaster Royal Infirmary that he and wife Barbara decided to donate the proceeds of their recent golden wedding anniversary.
To mark their 50 years the couple asked for cash in lieu of gifts and raised £700 which has been split between the Chatsfield Suite and Department of Critical Care.
Barrie was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2006 and received chemotherapy treatment at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.
That was followed by two blood transfusions at the Chatsfield Suite before he was finally given the all-clear. He has since been back in hospital twice with pneumonia.
Barbara was admitted to critical care last year with septicaemia but says that, thanks to the expertise and care of staff, she recovered well.
Praising the work of the staff on the unit, Barbara said: “Barrie and I both wanted to give something back to all who have cared for us in many ways over the years.”
Barrie added: “The care we have received has been excellent every time, we couldn’t have asked for more.
“We would all be in a bad way without them, as Barbara and I know ourselves.”
Stacey Nutt, acting lead nurse for haematology and oncology in the Chatsfield Suite, said: “I’d like to say thank you to Barrie and Barbara for their very kind donation to us. Every donation we receive goes a long way to helping our patients receive the best care possible, and this money will certainly do just that.”
The cash will be used to buy new furniture.