Widower of a hospital volunteer donates to hospital

Posted on January 11, 2018 by AireAdmin No Comments










A man whose wife was a volunteer at Airedale hospital has made a generous donation of Dyson heating and cooling fans to some of the hospital wards.

The late Yvonne Alden was treated at the hospital’s Haematology and Oncology day unit (HODU), as well as the intensive care unit on ward 16 and on ward 18. Ricky Alden, her husband, has donated two heating and cooling fans each to HODU and ward 18. Dyson also donated an extra fan for ward 16.

“We specifically chose these heating and cooling fans for these wards,” says Dawn Hardacre, a close friend of the family. “When Yvonne was on HODU she was sometimes cold due to the treatment she was having, but when she was on the wards she often felt too warm. I remember her commenting that the hospital needed money to buy more fans.

Mr Alden says, “We were delighted with the treatment that Yvonne received while she was here and wanted to give something back. We held a collection at her funeral where friends and family generously donated, then used the money to purchase these fans for the hospital. I hope that many patients will be able to benefit from them in the future.”

The family had some plaques engraved with Yvonne’s name on which will be attached to the fans.

Gurmit Jauhal, voluntary services manager, said; “We’re really grateful for all donations we receive, but this one is particularly special as Yvonne worked here as a volunteer for over 4 years with the Real Time Patient Survey section.”

Karen Walker, deputy director of nursing, said; “We’d like to say thank you to Mr Alden for thinking of us and really appreciate the efforts that have been made by the family to supply us with this generous donation. We have already had positive comments from patients on ward 16 saying how nice it is to have the fans on the ward.”

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