Exmouth family raises £15,000 for Royal Devon and Exeter ICU

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 October 2016

(from L to R) Hannah McDrill, Team Lead Physiotherapist; Victoria Ford; Andy Jackson, Senior Nurse for ICU; and Roger Chappell.

(from L to R) Hannah McDrill, Team Lead Physiotherapist; Victoria Ford; Andy Jackson, Senior Nurse for ICU; and Roger Chappell.

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A cash legacy in memory of an Exmouth mum will help seriously ill patients during stays in intensive care.

Jacquie Chappell’s family raised £15,000 from a black-tie charity ball as a thank-you to the staff who looked after their mum during her lengthy stay in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E) and Exeter’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The £15,241 raised at the ball in memory of Jacquie, who died at the age of 55 from heart failure in December 2014, will fund kit for the RD&E’s ICU to improve patients’ experiences.

Daughter Victoria Ford praised the staff that looked after her mother.

She said: “The ICU staff were all wonderful and showed so much empathy for their patients and families like us.

“We wanted to be able to help other patients by buying the extra things that can make their stay a bit more comfortable.”

The money will equip the ICU with iPads, digital radios for every room and shaving mirrors for male patients. The donation will also help the hospital’s League of Friends group fund a tilting chair to help with early rehabilitation for patients.

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