Media Release

New equipment is the legacy of two special ladies

Cancer patients are now benefitting from new equipment thanks to two very special ladies.

Frances English and Carole Edwards are the reason behind the purchase of 12 new chemotherapy chairs at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Dedicated Gavin English has raised more than £60,000 for the hospital’s Cancer Care and Treatment Fund to fulfill the wishes of his wife Frances. Gavin’s efforts have paid for 11 of the new chairs.

While the final chair was purchased with the donations from the funeral service of Carole and the money was presented by her husband John.

Chair picture 2

Carole, who passed away aged 53 in December 2017, was well-known for her role as Senior Administrator at Downham Market Town Council.

John, who lives in Dersingham, said: “Without this unit we would not have got married or have the pleasure of two anniversaries and two Christmases. That is why it is so important to give something back to the unit.”

Gavin, of Docking, was also pleased with the chairs and that patients had chosen the colour of the chairs.

He said: “The chairs are absolutely wonderful and look really nice. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the car boot sales, supermarket collections and bought the books.”

Trust Chairman, Professor Steve Barnett, and Caroline Shaw, Chief Executive, have thanked both Gavin and John for their support.

Professor Barnett said: “We are full of admiration for Gavin and John. They are remembering their loved ones while also providing better opportunities for the patients of the future with their donations.

“As a Trust we are incredibly grateful to people like Gavin and John for the support they give to our Hospital. Without their efforts we would not be able to provide the services we do for our patients.”


 Pictured from left are: Chairman Professor Steve Barnett, Gavin English, Sister Mandy Coventry, Chief Executive Caroline Shaw and John Edwards.

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