A woman whose husband was cared for by Hull Royal Infirmary has raised a staggering £50,000 for the stroke unit in his memory.
Dorothy Brighton, from Middleton on the Wolds, lost her husband, Andrew, in 2007 when he passed away in the care of HRI’s stroke unit.
Dorothy was so grateful for the care which she and Andrew received in a very short space of time that she went on to organise a series of fundraising events for the unit. In the past, these efforts have seen the unit take receipt of numerous pieces of specialist equipment including a new bed and a specialist wheelchair.
But, building on the mass of support received from her two brothers and her friends within field sports, she stepped this up a gear and, in 2009, introduced the now annual ‘Bush Beaters Ball’.
“The loss of Andrew inspired me to give something back, I just wanted his memory to live on and with the support of my loving friends and family I have been able to do so through the annual Bush Beaters Ball,” Dorothy explains.
All balls have been held at the Warter Priory Estate, without whose huge support and generosity, Dorothy’s efforts would not have been so successful. Each ball has raised a significant amount of money since their inception, for various charities, including Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the RNLI. But this latest event, held just a few weeks ago, has proved the most rewarding yet, raising a staggering £50,000 through events such as an auction, raffle and ducking stall.
Dorothy said: “To have helped to raise £50,000 for the stroke unit this year is overwhelming, and I am truly humbled to be able to hand over the cheque in the knowledge that this money will make a huge difference to the ward and the patients it serves.”
The money raised from the ball will go directly to the stroke unit, supporting the purchase of various pieces of equipment including bed alarms, which improve safety by alerting staff when patients leave their bed space.
Sheila Jensen, Sister on Ward 11 Hull Royal Infirmary said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Dorothy for the effort she goes to, not simply to raise funds for our ward but, more importantly, to help us improve care for other patients who have suffered a stroke.
“My team and I were stunned to be told we’d receive such a huge amount of money; our biggest single donation ever. This is certainly a proud moment for myself and my staff, and we’re committed to ensuring many more patients from across Hull and East Yorkshire are able to benefit from this amazing act of generosity.”
Total Fundraising over five Years from Warter Priory Field Sports, Charity Bushbeaters Ball = £124,580.
2010 Hull HRI Stoke Unit £4,720.53
2011 Yorkshire Air Ambulance £5,240
2012 RNLI Whitby £27,370
2013 British Heart Foundation £37,250
2014 Hull HRI Stoke Unit £50,000