We are proud to announce the opening of a brand new Chemotherapy Unit garden at County Hospital, Stafford. The garden’s development is thanks to the fundraising efforts of Medacs Healthcare’s Allied Health Professional (AHP) and Specialist Mental Health (SMH) Team Manager, Martin Campbell.
In July 2018, as part of the NHS’ 70th-anniversary celebrations, staff from our Stafford office organised a fun-filled day of exciting fundraising events for a variety of charities. One of the good causes to benefit was the University Hospital North Midlands charity. This charity was selected due to the help it had offered our friend and colleague, Martin Campbell, during his struggles with ill-health.
Martin’s story, as featured in our ‘My NHS Story’ eBook, began in 2011 when he was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. During his recovery, Martin was determined to give something back to the Chemotherapy Unit that had helped him through a thoroughly difficult time in his life.
After speaking to department staff, Martin made it his ambition to transform a spare patch of land located next to the unit into a haven that patients, relatives and staff could enjoy. Years on and Martin’s dream is now very much a reality.
To show thanks for all of his fundraising efforts, County Hospital invited Martin to the grand opening of the garden that he had helped to create. “The garden is a tranquil place for the patients, relatives and staff to enjoy during the summer months. It’s an area where patients that are stressing about their treatment can take time and chill in the fresh air. For relatives, a place to take a breather. But it’s also a place for the staff to relax during a busy day’s work.” Martin commented.
“I had the opportunity to meet and speak to the Chief Executive Officer, who was a lovely lady and so thankful for the donation that we had provided. She couldn’t thank us enough. We talked about what we do here at Medacs Healthcare and she was very interested.”
News of Martin’s tremendous efforts were even picked up by the national press: “I was interviewed by the [Daily] Express and the Star, so you never know, I may be in the paper!”
Overwhelmed by the generosity shown, Martin also recognised the efforts of his co-workers with a heartfelt message on social media: “I would like to say a massive, massive thank you to everyone who donated during the NHS70 party. Your donations have really gone a long way towards making a beautiful area for all to enjoy. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
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