1960 Stamford Hospital Christmas Card Mystery

1960 Christmas card

A former patient at Stamford Hospital has created a mini mystery for staff, by sending an anonymous Christmas card, every year since 1960.


The now disused Exeter Ward at Stamford Hospital was once a busy ward full of patients and, in 1960 one patient in particular was so pleased with the care they received that, every year since an anonymous Christmas card still gets sent to the hospital.


At the time Exeter Ward was an all-male ward and, as a result staff know that the patient is male. The postal mark is for South East Anglia Mail Centre, which is based in Chelmsford in Essex, but with no signature the staff have no way of tracing the former patient.


The Christmas card appears every year without fail on the Matrons desk at Stamford Hospital and the patient must have had good cause to be grateful for the treatment he received. Members of staff who worked at the hospital in 1960 and the current staff are all intrigued about the card and why he feels the need to say thank you after all these years.


Sue Brooks, Matron at Stamford Hospital said:  “It would be great to find who is still so grateful after all these years. His gratitude has spanned over 57 years and it would be so lovely to add to the already growing history about this hospital.”


“This has been a great mystery for staff at Stamford Hospital since 1960 who are eager to find out the mystery sender of the Christmas card so they too can say thank you and Merry Christmas.”


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