Sweep raises money for Excel Appeal after donating percentage of earnings during one month

Stuart Dark, 50, of Snettisham, who runs Aflame Ltd.

Stuart Dark, 50, of Snettisham, who runs Aflame Ltd. - Credit: Archant

A chimney sweep has raised more than £100 for a hospital appeal to buy specialist care equipment for elderly patients.

Stuart Dark, a former police officer, pledged to donate 10pc of his takings for jobs carried out in December to the Excel Appeal, launched by Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn.

The appeal, which is supported by the EDP, aims to raise £50,000 for specialist equipment to improve the hospital's care of the elderly.

Mr Dark, who runs Snettisham-based Aflame, raised £120 from his scheme after sweeping around 25 chimneys during the month.

He said: 'Fundraising went well and it was really nice to do something for such a valuable cause.

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'We have an elderly population in the area so it was good to be able to help the local hospital.'

The money raised will go towards buying the hospital three sets of kit:

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A falls prevention kit called SensorCare which has been clinically proven to help reduce the number of patient falls by alerting staff to patients who may be at risk.

A piece of dementia computer software called My Life which gives patients and families the chance to create virtual scrapbooks filled with memories and pictures to help stimulate and support people with dementia.

Specialist chairs which can be adjusted to a patient's need and provide a far more relaxing day-to-day experience in hospital.

Prior to becoming a sweep Mr Dark spent around 30 years working with the Metro-politan Police in London.

During his time with the police he became a detective superintendent who investigated organised crime.

After retiring from the service he trained as a chimney sweep, before moving to Norfolk to start his business.

To donate to the appeal visit www.justgiving.com/qehkl-excelappeal, or pay by cheque: payable to the Excel Appeal and send to Laurence Morlaàs, fundraising executive, QEH, Gayton Road, King's Lynn PE30 4ET.

Are you fundraising for the appeal? Email nicholas.carding@archant.co.uk

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