Dedicated team’s ‘stroke’ of charity success

Staff on Lincoln County Hospital’s stroke unit raised more than £3,000 after hosting a charity ball for patients and colleagues.

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The money has now been split between the local branch of the Stroke Association charity and the unit itself, which will be used to help fund improvements in the department.

The charity evening was organised by staff last year and took place at the Hilton Hotel in Lincoln.

Around 190 people attended the event and enjoyed a fun evening including a tombola, bingo and disco.

Nicola Hewett, Trainee Advanced Stroke Clinical Practitioner at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), said she was delighted to present a cheque for an impressive £1,559.64 to members of the Stroke Association.

“As a ward, we’re fortunate to have an excellent relationship with the Stroke Association, said Nicola.

“For many years their volunteers have attended the ward on a weekly basis to facilitate support sessions for patients and their relatives during a hospital stay, offering invaluable advice and support. This continues when the patients are discharged from the hospital.

“The service helps to ease the transition from hospital to home following a stroke and we wanted to raise both awareness of stroke and the amazing work of the charity, whilst raising funds to improve the life of stroke survivors.”

The grand total raised on the evening was an impressive £3,119.28 and Jane Smith, Stroke Association Support Coordinator, said she was delighted to receive the very kind donation.

“We are very grateful to Nicola and the team for their generous donation and support,” said Jane.

“It is a pleasure to work with such a professional and dedicated team – we thank them for all their support.”