A generous fundraiser who has now raised more than £100,000 single-handedly for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn (QEH) has been busy raising more money to revamp the hospital’s Peace and Hope Memorial Garden.
Gavin English, from Docking in Norfolk, is the QEH’s top independent fundraiser and has recently donated a further £4,000 to the hospital’s Cancer Care and Treatment Fund, bringing his grand total to £104,000.
The generous donation has funded the refurbishment and renovation of the hospital’s much-loved Peace and Hope Memorial Garden designed to be used by cancer patients, their families and staff.
Formally opened in 2016, the garden was created in memory of Alan Rasberry – a popular King’s Lynn man who lost his short battle to pancreatic cancer – to help patients and their families going through a similar ordeal.
The refurbishment of the beach-themed garden near Shouldham Ward includes an ornate anchor, sailing boat and lobster creels (baskets), as well as a number of benches, bright planters, and birdfeeders.
Gavin committed to raising money for QEH after being given the task by his late wife Frances before she died in 2013 following treatment at the hospital.
Since then, he has been fundraising at car boot sales and supermarkets across Norfolk.
Gavin said: “This is such an important thing for me and I honestly don’t know what I would do without it – I will continue to fundraise forever and a day.
“The Peace and Hope Memorial Garden was created to offer a peaceful view for patients on the nearby wards. Often hospitals can have unsightly areas and the gardens offer a better environment to all who visit them.”
Alice Webster, Acting CEO at QEH, added: “The hospital is so grateful to Gavin for his enormous efforts and the amazing work he continues to do.
“This beautiful garden is so special and really important to our patients and their families.”
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