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Local family makes donation to hospital ward

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 "second home".

"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 generously."
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 information.

'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