Sam Ripley and Frieder Kleemann
The wife of a former long-term patient has made a special donation in his memory which will benefit other patients in the renal department for years to come.
Ian Ripley from Peterborough was a patient for over 20 years in the hospital’s renal unit and sadly passed away in June this year. He was well known and liked by both fellow patients and doctors alike and had many weeks in hospital on ward A8 in the last few months.
His wife, Samantha Ripley, along with their family and friends, has been collecting donations for the renal team at Peterborough City Hospital. Sam came in to the unit recently to deliver a cheque for £1,500 along with a brand new wheelchair.
Sam wanted to donate a wheelchair to help other patients when coming in for clinic appointments.
Her donation will go a long way towards a new dialysis machine desperately needed on A8, a ward with whom Sam and Ian had a special relationship.
Sam said: “Everyone has been amazing. The nurses on A8 made it so much more bearable being in that situation. All the people over the years in the renal unit have been fantastic, and we wanted to show our appreciation to everyone for all they have done for us.”
Dr Frieder Kleemann, one of Ian’s consultants, accepted the cheque on behalf of the unit and A8 and said: “We were privileged to have Ian as our patient, and are so very grateful to Sam, her friends and family for these generous donations, which will be of huge benefit to many patients to come.”
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