Easter joy as Ilkeston hospital patients given special visit

The Rotary Club of Ilkeston and the League of Friends of Ilkeston hospital brought a smile to the faces of patients who have had to spend Easter in the hospital.
The Rotary Club of Ilkeston and the League of Friends of Ilkeston hospital brought a smile to the faces of patients who have had to spend Easter in the hospital.

The Rotary Club of Ilkeston joined the League of Friends of Ilkeston Hospital to bring a smile to the faces of patients over the Easter period.

On Easter Sunday morning, Rotary Club president Chris Smith together with junior vice-president Norman Hobson and past president Elaine Minnighan, met League chairman Eileen Knight and refreshment bar manager Pat Morley at the hospital.

The Rotary Club of Ilkeston president Chris Smith with Heanor Ward patient Dorothy Darley.

The Rotary Club of Ilkeston president Chris Smith with Heanor Ward patient Dorothy Darley.

They donated bunches of flowers and chocolate eggs, each knitted into an Easter chick.

The flowers and chicks were then presented to each patient at the hospital, both in the wards and in the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU).

Dorothy Darley, a patient on Heanor Ward, helped to make the Easter bonnets and is seen pictured with Chris.

Dorothy said how happy she was to receive the gifts, complimented the two organisations for their generosity and commented on how high the standard of care was at the Ilkeston hospital.

Chris has announced that the club will be submitting an entry into this year’s Bed-Push.

The event, which takes place on Saturday April 9, sees Rotarians push a hospital bed up Bath Street in Ilkeston.

The event aims to raise funds for the hospital - last year’s event saw a record-breaking £1,458 raised for the cause.