The family of a patient who spent his last days on Ward 51 at
Darlington Memorial Hospital has returned to the hospital to
present a generous donation to staff.
Don Eales was a patient on Ward 51, at Darlington Memorial Hospital
from May last year for five months. He was later re-admitted in
November but died two weeks later.
His wife, Meana Eales returned to the ward recently to present a
cheque for £410 to staff there. She said: "Don had Alzheimers and
then started to suffer from Gallbladder problems last May. Dr Carr
and the ward staff saw beyond his dementia and fought so hard for
the treatment Don needed to keep him alive. Whilst on the ward Don
was treated with dignity and respect and although at times he was
very ill he was happy there. Due to Don's Alzheimers our family
stayed with him for long periods of time and the ward became our
"At Don's funeral we decided to have a collection for the ward
fund in lieu of flowers, Don was very popular and people gave
As an additional recognition of their gratitude Don's daughter is
applying to be a volunteer on the ward.
Sister Janet Mortimer, Ward 51 at Darlington Memorial Hospital
said: "The staff and I on ward 51 are not only very grateful for
the donation, but also for the time and compassion shown by the
Eales family for other patients. They helped by talking, reading
and playing cards which stimulates the patients and is something
which patients enjoy. We hope to put the money kindly donated by
the Eales family towards some resources for dementia patients such
as large playing cards and reading materials and would welcome
interest from any members of the public who might be thinking about
volunteering and would like to support these kind of activities
with our patients."
If anyone has a few hours to spare and is interested in becoming
a volunteer with the Trust please phone 01325 743543 for more
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham