Generous donation to improve stroke services at Great Western Hospital

By Ben Fitzgerald - 23 December 2019

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Paul Lewis, a Non-Executive Director at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is giving back to the ward that treated his friend after he suffered a stroke.

Falcon ward, based on site at the hospital in Swindon, is a specialist stroke unit that provides treatment and rehabilitation for patients.

Paul has raised over £1,500 for the ward through a number of charity events – most recently a Soulful House, Funk and Soul Classics and Essential Remix evening at The Kings Arms hotel on Wood Street.

Paul was joined by local radio DJ’s, Martin Kimble from Cheeky Radio and Darren Westlake from Swindon 105.5, as well as Tony McCluskey, charge nurse at the Trust and resident DJ at the hotel.

“We organised two nights in 2019 to raise funds for the Stroke Unit in memory of Craig Day who died last year,” said Paul.

“Craig’s family were incredibly appreciative of the care he received from GWH and so we decided to support Brighter Futures again with our fundraising. As a Non-Executive Director, I’m obviously keen to help in every way I can to try and make a difference. 

“I knew Craig for over 30 years, through his love of music and I first got to know him when I used to DJ in the Amphitheatre at the Brunel Rooms in Swindon.”

Lisa Utting, Donor Development Manager for Brighter Futures, said: “Every year, an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke - that's one every five minutes.

“That is why it is so important that people like Paul raise the necessary funds to improve the services offered for the people of Swindon who have had a stroke.

“It was a really great night and a lot of money was raised, which is fantastic.”

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