Stonehaven’s Kincardine Community Hospital staff received a big thank you this week from the family of a former patient - in the shape of a bench, and a fridge!
The family of Ina Donald, who sadly passed away at the NHS Grampian hospital in September, wanted to give something to the hospital and staff as a thank you for looking after her in her final weeks.
The family presented a handcrafted bench to the hospital, and with money raised at a collection at Mrs Donald’s funeral they also purchased a tall larder fridge for the staff, as this was something that would directly help the team at Arduthie ward.
The bench was made by Mr Donald’s son Danny, who is the managing director of Aiken Group, which manufactures accommodation modules in Aberdeen.
Mr Donald’s daughter, Mrs Gail Lamb, said: “We are a large family and when we came to visit my Mum at Kincardine and waited in the lovely gardens, we realised there wasn’t enough seating for all of us. All the staff, auxiliaries, catering and domestic staff, just everyone, were all so kind and caring towards my Mum during the two and half weeks she was at the hospital, so we wanted to thank them in some way and a bench was the perfect answer.”
Mr Donald, 82, of Newtonhill, said: “Danny had made a lovely bench for his own garden and my grand-daughter Kelly suggested that he should make a new one and build a memorial plaque for my wife into it. The bench is made of stainless steel, so will last a very long time indeed and will be no trouble to look after.”
The collection gathered by the family at Mrs Donald’s funeral raised enough funds to buy an item which would directly help the team at Arduthie Ward, where Mrs Donald was cared for, and staff chose a tall larder fridge. Staff Nurse Maya Cross said: “We are all very grateful indeed for this elegant bench, which will benefit visitors, patients and staff and is a very attractive addition to our gardens. We greatly appreciate the kindness shown by Mr Donald, his family and friends.”