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Sisters act to help Lincolnshire hospitals

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 05, 2014

Lincoln County Hospital

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A donation by two grateful sisters has helped to further improve care in Lincolnshire's hospitals.

Shirley Sharpe and her sister Freda Skelton have donated more than £1,450 to Ashby ward at Lincoln County Hospital and the breast unit at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

Shirley was admitted to Ashby ward in October 2012, following an operation to remove a tumour at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham. She spent two weeks on the ward undergoing rehabilitation which involved improving her balance, exercise tolerance and providing support for facial weakness.

Speaking of her time on the unit Shirley said: "Not many people would say they were sad when they were discharged from hospital, but I had so much fun during my time on Ashby ward, which really helped with rehabilitation.

"I am so grateful for the excellent care I received and I can never repay the staff for the all support and help they gave me, but I hope this money will go some way to benefit other patients on the ward."

The money raised will go towards equipment for rehabilitation.

The sisters organised a fundraising event at Old Leake Community Centre to raise the money with stalls, raffles and competitions for members of the local community to take part in.

Freda said: "We are delighted to raise this amount of money and we hope it will help to make such a difference to so many patients."

Sue Williams, senior physiotherapist, said: "We're extremely grateful to Shirley and Freda for their fantastic fundraising efforts. "We rely on donations from the public, staff, charities and organisations who work tirelessly to help us improve the quality of care we provide to our patients."

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