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Huge thank you to Intensive Care Unit

Posted on Thursday 28th March 2013
ICU cheque

The cheque is handed over to ICU staff

A grateful daughter and her family have raised almost £20,000 for the Intensive Care Unit at West Cumberland Hospital to say thank you for the care her father received.

Tony Ennis was treated on ICU in late 2011 and vowed to raise money for the unit to thank staff for the care they gave him and others. Sadly he died in March 2012 so his daughter Kayleigh and other relatives launched a year-long fundraising campaign in his memory, to honour his wishes.

Tony’s family and friends swam a mile along canals in the Great Salford Swim, did a sky-dive from 14,500 feet, arranged a charity night in Whitehaven for 300 people, as well as a race night, prize bingo and supermarket bag-packing. A team of 30 supporters completed a 150-mile bike race and Tony’s nephew Paul Morgan, and his wife Claire, ran the Great North Run in aid of the fund.

In total the team raised £18,067, which was topped up with another £1,000 by Kayleigh’s employer, the National Nuclear Laboratory at Sellafield.

Kayleigh said: “I can’t speak highly enough about the professionalism, care and hard work of the team at the Intensive Care Unit. We all wanted to carry out Dad’s wishes and it’s been good to focus on something so worthwhile. 

“The sky-dive was pretty scary but gave me a real sense of achievement. Practicing in swimming pools for the Great Salford Swim was one thing, but the canal was a completely different ball-game. So I’m going to do it again this year!”

A cheque for £19,067 was presented to staff, including nurse Lisa Skillen, another relative of Tony’s, at West Cumberland Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on 25 March.

Sheena Todhunter, Lead Nurse Theatre for ICU and Critical Care Outreach at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are incredibly grateful for this huge fundraising effort. We have decided the money would be best spent on a new Drager Oxylog 3000 ventilator. This is a portable ventilator and is invaluable for transporting critically ill patients, both within the hospital for CT scans and to theatre, and to critical care facilities at other hospitals.”