£5,000 in memory of brother will help others at hospital

DONATION Susie Calvert, Jim Chamberlain, John Knighton and Hazel Robinson with the chair
DONATION Susie Calvert, Jim Chamberlain, John Knighton and Hazel Robinson with the chair

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THE sister of a man who died at Queen Alexandra Hospital has made a £5,000 donation in his memory.

Hazel Robinson wanted to thank hospital staff for fighting for her brother Martin Kendall’s life.

The hospital’s critical care team decided to use Mrs Robinson’s donation to buy an adjustable stretch chair – which gives very sick patients the opportunity to sit up instead of having to lie in a bed.

Mrs Robinson said: ‘I made the donation because I wanted to give something back to the unit for the care they gave my brother but also for the compassion that they showed my family at a very difficult time.

‘I wanted the donation to be spent on patient care and I hope this chair makes a lot of difference to the patients in the unit.’

Mr Kendall, 49, from Gosport, was admitted to QA in Cosham before Christmas after developing bronchitis and swine flu. By the time he arrived at hospital he had also developed pneumonia. He died in January.

Mrs Robinson, 61, of The Drive, Peel Common, said: ‘It was such a big shock for us all when Martin got so ill. It hit us all really hard. But the hospital staff did all they could.

‘They fought for his life for four weeks.

‘They were extremely helpful, both in the care of Martin and the rest of the family.’

Sister Sara Lilly said: ‘We are extremely grateful to Mrs Robinson for her very kind donation.’

A commemorative plaque will be fixed to the chair in Mr Kendall’s name.