Glemsford stroke victim ‘an inspiration’

Pam Epson with G8 ward sister Jo Floyd. ANL-161123-114724001
Pam Epson with G8 ward sister Jo Floyd. ANL-161123-114724001

A former stroke patient has been hailed by hospital staff as an “inspiration” after fundraising for a vital piece of equipment.

Pam Epson witnessed the importance of the Sara Stedy mobility aid first hand after spending time in West Suffolk Hospital’s G8 stroke ward.

So when she learned that the equipment was in great demand for stroke victims, she decided to organise two open garden fundraising events at her home in Glemsford raising £1,150.

Staff at the Bury St Edmunds hospital have paid tribute to Pam’s determination and charitable spirit after a brand new mobility aid was purchased.

Jo Floyd, sister on ward G8, said: “We are so grateful to Pam - she is an inspiration with her positive attitude and inner determination.

“The Sara Stedy can be used to transfer patients who are able to stand with some support but cannot step or pivot around.

“A Sara Stedy means patients can be taken to the bathroom very easily while helping increase dignity and independence. It also enables good, reassuring eye contact between the patient and caregiver.”

Pam, 72, of Duffs Hill, hosted two open garden events earlier this year and was recently invited into the hospital to see how her fundraising had made a difference.

She said: “I wanted to fundraise for the Sara Steady as I saw for myself what independence it can give to patients.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to my friends and family who helped with the fundraising.”

Sue Smith, fundraising manager at the hospital’s My WiSH Charity, said: “We were delighted to support Pam in her wonderful charity endeavours and then invite her into the hospital.

“We would like to thank Pam and everyone who supported her events for making such a difference to the care we can offer to our patients.”