Family gives hospital cash

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THE family of a 32-year-old Great Cornard man, who died six months ago from a brain tumour, have presented a donation to the specialist neurological unit at the hospital where he was treated.

Christine and Tony Sargeant presented a cheque for £1,250 to the neuro-critical care unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. The money was donated by family and friends in lieu of funeral flowers for their son Gregg.

“We would like to say thankyou to everyone who contributed to make this sum of money possible,” said Mr Sargeant, of Oxford Close.

“We’re sure it will be put to a very good use to help other patients.”

Gregg had raised money for the hospital himself. He was popular with doctors and nurses alike and, to show his appreciation, eight years ago he did a sponsored two-mile walk, raising £1,500.

After leaving Great Cornard Upper School, Gregg had worked as a machinist at a nearby T-shirt firm until his diagnosis and subsequent brain surgery at Addenbrooke’s.

This led to a long rehabilitation process, during which he had to relearn many motor and neurological functions, and he eventually used a wheelchair.

Gregg lost his brave fight for life last year when a tumour on his pituitary gland returned.