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Patient takes care to heart

Posted on Thursday 27th July 2017
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Keith Monaghan

A former patient at the Heart Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle was so grateful for the excellent care they received that they have been fundraising ever since.

Keith Monaghan had a heart attack in 2015 and had a three week stay at the Heart Centre before he was transferred to Newcastle for specialist treatment.  Keith was so happy with the care and attention he received he wanted to give something back to the Centre.

The first donation Keith made with the help of Richardson’s Timber Merchants, Penrith was for some outside furniture so patients and visitors could stretch their legs and enjoy a bit of fresh air without being too far away from the unit. He then realised there was no entertainment on the ward and set about to change that and with the help of his son, daughter and Skelton Young Farmers Club, they organised a duck race and subsequently bought two televisions.

The donations didn’t stop there… the Heart Centre has two private rooms and Keith set about raising money to provide televisions in those two rooms with the help of another former heart patient. They organised a dance with live music which was held in June and raised over £900 for the centre.

Keith said: “I just wanted to give back to the Heart Centre and help all of the people who will be seen there in the future. It’s great that people have been so generous and it couldn’t have been as successful without the help of numerous local businesses from the Penrith area who donated raffle prizes.”

Kerry Scott, ward manager of the Heart Centre, said: “Everyone on the unit is so grateful for everything Keith has done for us and it’s made a big difference to all of the patients we see here.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to Keith and his family for the donations he has made.”