Grateful family’s gift to hospital

Vyvian Carter and her five daughters. Back row Rachel, Carolyn and Margaret. Front row, Ros, Christi

Vyvian Carter and her five daughters. Back row Rachel, Carolyn and Margaret. Front row, Ros, Christine and Vyvian. Picture. supplied - Credit: Archant

A chemotherapy room at a Norfolk hospital will be fitted out with new equipment, thanks to a family's fundraising efforts.

The £4,500 raised for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn will pay for two syringe drivers to deliver medication and a Butler motor reclining chair for the day care area. The remaining money will be kept for future use.

The cash was raised after Christine Carpenter was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her mother Vyvian Carter, from Upwell, near Downham Market, was also diagnosed with cancer, and both women were treated at the hospital.

Miss Carpenter lost her fight against cancer last September.

Her sister, Ros Jones, completed a marathon challenge in two parts, running the Grunty Fen Half Marathon, followed by the Great Scottish Run, to help raise the money.


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Mrs Carter said: 'Losing Christine has been an extremely difficult thing for us to come to terms with as a family.

'We all take enormous comfort from knowing that because of Ros' achievements, the hospital can buy equipment to help other people facing the same difficulties we had. The hospital cared for us so well, and we're glad we can do something to show our gratitude.'

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Catherine Morgan, the hospital's director of nursing, said: 'Hearing the kind words of Vyvian Carter about both her treatment and that of her daughter is extremely rewarding. The dedication Christine Carpenter's family has shown in honouring her memory in this way is incredible. The new chair and syringes will make a difference for people here for years to come.'

What fundraising challenge have you completed? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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