A GENEROUS pensioner has donated £12,000 from her own inheritance and fundraising to the hospital which cared for her friends and family.
Sue Chippendale began giving to Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope hospitals, three years ago to provide laptops and flat screens for wards and waiting rooms.
“When I go there and see the difference the donations make, it makes it all worthwhile,” said the Solihull shop assistant.
“Various family members have all been treated there over the years.
“Unfortunately my mum and dad had multiple illnesses so we were going back and forth.
“I’ve sat in there for so many hours over the years, and the staff were always very kind to me. Very polite, patient, and always kept me informed.
“I was never in a position to help them before, except perhaps for a box of sweets, but I always wanted to give something back.
“After my parents died I got a little bit of inheritance so I decided I didn’t want to whittle it away, I’d rather spend the money on the hospital.”
One of Sue’s donations to radiology, two large 3D television flat screens, are even helping to save lives.
“It gives a clearer picture for viewing scans and the two screens allows them to have the patient’s history up at the same time so it could speed up treatment,” said the 63-year-old, who lives off Lode Lane.
Dr Roger Shinton, consultant in elderly medicine at Heartlands Hospital, added: “The amount that Sue has raised has been incredible and everyone is so grateful to her.
“This will make a real difference to the work we do.
“We have used the money to refurbish our decision-making rooms and use the electronic equipment to quickly and accurately make decisions about treatments.
“The donation will help us more effectively treat over 300 patients per week.”