Mum-of-one thanks hospital life-savers

A 30-YEAR-OLD woman whose life was twice saved by doctors has said a big thank you by raising hundreds of pounds to help other patients recover from major surgery.

Becky Moulding of Great Ashby in Stevenage was diagnosed with a chronic illness last year leading to surgery and months of pain and boredom in Lister Hospital - many of which were spent in critical care.

As well as the “fantastic” care of doctors and nurses, she said one of the things that helped her recover from surgery was the television in the ward.

“During the weeks I spent in these units last year, I found the television such a relief and a distraction from the pain I was suffering. Although I was very poorly, I was alert enough to watch television to help take my mind off the pain and boredom. “Unfortunately the units no longer have access to televisions therefore I didn’t have the luxury of a television this year when I was in the units again after surgery. I really missed having this option.”

Recovering at home, Becky decided to raise money for new TVs in the critical care units, and along with her partner Mark Lawrence organised a tea party for over 150 people in her street.

“As the hospital saved my life and gave me fantastic care, we, our family and close friends wanted to give something back,” Becky said.

Mark, 31, added: “These units provided Becky with incredible care and I and our daughter Katie (aged 4) are extremely thankful for this and for effectively saving her life twice.”

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Party company Balloon Your Room helped to transform the street and people arrived with homemade cake and lemonade and games for the children, while companies donated raffle prizes, raising over �500.

Becky said she was over the moon with the money raised and thanked everyone involved.

“It was a lovely way for our neighbours, friends and family to spend an afternoon and it put a smile on so many people’s faces. I can’t wait to see the smiles yet to come from the staff and patients at the hospital.”

Retailers involved in the event included John Lewis – who also donated a television to the hospital - Shake Zone, Waitrose, Budgens, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Mothercare, The Proverbial, Weatherspoons, KTB, Maximum Beauty, Blockbuster, Chesfield Downs, Odessey, Fitness First, Monkey Business, Morrison’s, Halfords and Matalan.