A stroke sufferer who spent five months in QEH has presented £3,669 to West Raynham Ward.
The money was raised by Angela Snagg, 54, and her family through a fundraising boxing night, as appreciation for the care which she received. Mrs Snagg’s stroke in 2016 almost proved fatal and she struggles to walk without support.
“The hospital staff were incredible,” she said. “They couldn’t have been any better towards me.”
Husband Steve, 57, boxed while serving in the RAF and is a former judge and referee. He was also a trainer at King’s Lynn’s Gold Star Boxing Club and Downham Market Boxing Club and wanted to use his knowledge and experience of the sport to fundraise.
The event was staged at Gedney Victory Hall, near Holbeach, last February. The couple’s son, Pete Bloom, and daughter Kimberley Mangione and her husband Guiseppe, who had flown from their home in Australia to be with Angela, helped organise and run it. Angela organised the raffle.
Spectators paid to watch participants from Heros Gym in King’s Lynn and Heacham Boxing Club, with sponsorship provided by Fabrican Engineering Ltd, of King’s Lynn, and Long Sutton firms Statech UK Ltd and Jim Wright Engineering.
Steve, of South Wootton, said: “I wasn’t expecting it to be half as popular as it was so we were all really pleased.
“When Angela had the stroke she was in a pretty bad way. This was just a way of saying thank you to the people who helped my wife.
“You hear some bad things about the NHS sometimes but when you get involved as we did you see what goes on. The backbone is the people and the nurses were exceptionally good.”
Trust fundraising executive Laurence Moorlaàs said: “Steve and Angela have worked very hard to organise such a successful fundraising event.
“We are extremely grateful to them and the money they raised will help us to carry on providing high quality acute care 24/7 as well as stroke rehabilitation.
“During the presentation it was inspiring to see how popular Angela is with the unit staff who acknowledged her in so many different ways.”
Photo caption: West Raynham Ward staff members Sister Tracey Symonds and charge nurse Paulo Belo with Steve and Angela Snagg and son Peter Bloom.
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