A patient’s friends and family say thank you to the hospital team who cared for him with a special donation

A stroke patient’s friends and family have said thank you to the hospital team who cared for him with a donation of physiotherapy equipment to help future patients.

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74-year-old Dave Healey spent 16 days on the stroke unit at Lincoln County Hospital after suffering from a stroke in July last year.


Dave’s daughter Maggie Murray said: “Our dad did so well in his recovery from his stroke and when he was on the unit he always looked forward to his physiotherapy sessions. It was his focus for the day. We really appreciated all of the support dad received and decided to organise a five hour sponsored spinathon at Lifestyle Fitness in Cherry Willingham.

“It was organised by Dave’s grandson Leon who was a personal trainer/class instructor there. There were 12 of us taking part. We kept the momentum going by having quizzes, games and pass the parcel, it was really good fun. We raised over £2,200 for the unit and the Stroke Association. Dad was there supporting us and it really was so amazing to see him cheering us on at the end with our families and friends.”

All the gym’s spinathon members also contributed by donating raffle and tombola prizes and spent weeks selling raffle tickets. Those taking part in the spinathon included: Leon Murray, Jen Scrimshaw, Olivia Smith, Maggie Murray, Jane Squires, Jess Cook, Louise Cook, Maddy Hamblett, Catherine Hamblett, Denise Pacey, Amy Marshall, Pearl Trow and Jo Scrimshaw.

The team would like to thank NerG Ltd for their sponsorship and donations from the Community Champion, Keith Grover from Wragby Road Tesco and Catherine and her colleagues at Lincoln University.

Lead Physiotherapist Alwyn Sproul thanked Dave, his wife Maureen and their friends and family when they returned to the unit to officially hand over a brilliant new physiotherapy bench and equipment to help patients strengthen their fine motor skills.

Alwyn said: “It was so lovely to see Dave again. We are so grateful for this amazing support and generous donation that is going to help us and so many of our patients. We cannot thank them enough.”