Hospital patient says thanks by raising £4,000 for Arsenal shirt

Communities / Tue 20th Jan 2015 at 06:32pm

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Gary Sampson, from Waltham Abbey, decided to show his appreciation after being successfully treated at the Harlow hospital’s Williams Day Unit.

His wife, Mary, who works for Arsenal, was given the Gunners shirt after she mentioned her husband’s condition and treatment.

The prized item fetched £825 at an Improving Cancer Services fundraising event in November, where the total amount raised topped £4,000.

Gary said, “I was so pleased the shirt brought in a large sum of money as I really wanted to do something nice for the unit. They helped me so much when I was receiving treatment so it was nice to give something back.”

In addition to the money raised from Gary’s Arsenal shirt, a close friend of the family, Rick Geary also donated £757 to the Trust in sponsorship money, following a ‘Dry October challenge’ from his daughter, Mia.

Any donations made to Princess Alexandra Hospital are used to purchase equipment to improve patient safety and the quality of care in various departments.

Thanks to donations like Gary’s, the Williams Day Unit has recently been able to buy an AccuVein tool; an impressive machine which helps to increase vein visibility in patients.

The Williams Day Unit at PAH sees approximately 900 patients per month and offers a range of cancer services for many variations of cancer, in addition to non-cancer services, such as blood transfusions for people with chronic anaemia. The unit supports those receiving chemotherapy and non-chemotherapy treatments, along with patients who are now in remission.

Toni Wright, Matron for Clinical Support Services at PAH said: “We are so grateful to everyone who supports the Williams Day Unit. By purchasing new equipment we can help make cancer treatment easier for patients, and overall improve their hospital experience.”

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