Sunflower suite thanks Ray

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Ray Allen, 66, from Havering, never forgot the great care he received from staff at the then Oldchurch Hospital, run by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust, returning over 20 years later to give a donation of £2,700.

Ray was treated by the Trust when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma at 42.

He was treated successfully and years later, found he had the opportunity to raise money for a good cause close to his heart when he was captain of the Mardyke Valley Golf Club.

He chose the King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity as a way to say thank you to the staff for looking after him so well all those years ago.

The donation will go towards the Sunflower Suite, where cancer patients are cared for at Queen’s Hospital.

Ray said: “I’m so pleased to be here today to hand over this donation to the Sunflower Suite just as a small way to show my appreciation for the great care I received.”

The Trust is even close to Ray’s heart now, as daughter Nichola Crisp is a community midwife in the Maternity team.

King George and Queen’s Hospital Charity raise money to improve the experience of patients, visitors and staff at the hospital. Their aim is to play a big part in meeting the complex needs of hospital life by raising funds for hospital projects that go over and above the essentials provided by the NHS budgets.

The charity has already provided bravery toys for children undergoing invasive treatment and have also recently funded new, comfy chairs that mums and dads can stay overnight on with their children. They have also provided state of the art medical equipment to help fight cancer more quickly and more effectively.

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