Survivor Geoff hands over cash

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Kidney transplant survivor Geoff Bennet has handed over money to the two hospitals who saved his life.

Geoff, from Sudbury, was given the transplant after suffering end-stage renal failure and an auto immune disorder.

The Lavender Ball he staged at Ickworth House this summer raised £4,500, which he has shared between Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Ipswich Hospital’s renal unit.

A cheque for £2,500 was presented to staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital last week. The money will be used to provide a room in the hospital where families of transplant patients can stay when necessary.

Geoff, who had a successful transplant nine years ago, said: “I saw first hand how distressing it can be for families during those crucial hours after the operation when they are wondering if it will be successful. Some have come many,many miles from the far side of our region.

“How do they travel to the hospital and home again over such distances? But where can they stay? I thought a room – a sanctuary – would be a great idea.”

Ipswich Hospital is also benefitting from the ball, receiving £2,000 which has bought a new vital signs monitor.

Geoff is hoping to stage another fundraising ball for the hospitals and thanked the team which had enabled the first to be so successful.

Next year’s event is due to take place at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa on June 13. There will be an option for a discounted round of golf and Queen’s Chaplain Canon Ann Easter will again be the guest speaker.