Family return to critical care to say thank you

We welcomed Pauline Dodds and her family, Michael and Sharen, for an emotional reunion with our critical care team today and to make a donation to the unit.

Pauline’s husband, Ian, sadly passed away back in January after a battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. To say thank you to the Critical Care team, Pauline and her son Steven took part in the 35 mile Sunderland Big Bike Ride to raise money for the unit.  Her daughter, Sharen, also organised a bake sale to raise further funds.

The family raised a fantastic £585.19 for our critical care department, which will be used to help other patients and families on the unit.

Pauline said: “The care Ian received at the QE was exceptional – the team were so caring and helped all of us through it. This is our way of saying thank you to them all and giving something back to the hospital for patients and families who are in a similar position to us.”

Melanie Armstrong, communications and charitable funds manager, added: “We would like to thank the Dodds family for fundraising for us. All of their efforts will make a huge difference to the lives of patients and their families being treated at the Queen Elizabeth’s Critical Care Unit. We’re all very grateful for their support.