The granddaughter and niece of family members who were both treated for COVID-19 have made a generous donation as a thank you to intensive care unit staff who cared for them.
Grace Boddy, from Hartlepool, raised a whopping £3,000 in April with a 100 mile sponsored walk. She used this as a way to commemorate beloved nanna Susan Bew who sadly died early in the year. The fundraising was also a thank you for the care both her grandmother and aunt received within the ITU unit.
Grace said: “I just wanted to be able to share my thanks with the team and to show my appreciation for the brilliant job they did caring for both my Nanna and Aunt over Christmas and the first few months of this year. I know they’ve worked hard to look after my family.”
Aunt Kerri Hyde has since been making a steady but positive recovery. Her family described her journey as ‘like watching her climb a mountain’.
Grace continued: “I know my Aunt Kerri is also grateful for the care she received. And she’s making a steady recovery. Staff at the Trust have been amazing.”
Monette Baldonasa, Matron in the Trust’s critical care department, accepted the kind donation on behalf of her colleagues. She said: “It’s such a lovely and touching donation by Grace and the rest of the family. And we’re blown away by such a fantastic fundraising effort.
“The team remember looking after both Susan and Kerri and are sorry for the family’s loss. We know the generous donation in Susan’s memory will go a long way towards the care we continue to provide to all our patients.”