Husband gives £12k to nurses who fought to save wife's life

Husband gives £12k to nurses who fought to save wife's life

Husband gives £12k to nurses who fought to save wife's life

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE HUSBAND of a popular Marlow nursery worker whose sudden death shocked the town last year has donated £12,000 to the hospital unit that fought to save her life.

Chris Clarke smashed the £10,000 fundraising target he set himself following the loss of his wife Alison, who suffered brain damage following an epileptic fit in June 2013.

The 32-year-old has praised the generosity of friends, family and over 500 people that gathered for a memorial service to Alison at All Saints Church for donating most of the money.

And now the dedicated former youth club worker has handed over a cheque to the Intensive Care Unit (ITU) at Wycombe Hospital for nurses resources, equipment and improvements to the family room.

He said: "Originally I plucked the target figure of £10,000 from the air to work towards, and it’s all come together really well.

"Around 10 per cent was from fundraising events but most of it was from donations which is pretty amazing really.

"Alison and I ran youth clubs for 17 years so she was known around town for a long time and it’s just nice that something positive can come out of it.

"The nurses there (ITU) were just so brilliant and they looked after us as well as Alison, and I wanted to pay something back as well as help other people going through a similar experience."

As well as providing resources for nurses’ training, Chris and Alison's family plans to make improvements to the family room, which they say is in dire need of a revamp.

The fireworks company owner is also putting together information for other families going through a stressful time, helping to make the experience in ITU easier to understand and come to terms with.

After attending Foxes Piece School and Great Marlow School, Alison later went to Henley College to get her child care qualifications and later secured a job at Marlow Day Nursery.

For nearly half her life the nursery worker was also involved in helping run youth clubs with her husband in Marlow.

And for the past eight years both Alison, Chris and her younger brother Michael helped run the Friday night Xtreme youth club which was run by members of her church MCF Community Church based at Foxes Piece School.

After Alison was rushed to Wycombe Hospital last June, Chris spent four nights camped out in the family area of Wycombe ITU to be there for his wife.

And after seeing first hand the areas that could benefit from extra funds, he vowed to give the room an overhaul to make it more comfortable for worried family members.

The money is providing a library for training ITU nurses, TVs for the ward and family room and furniture including a sofa bed for visiting family members.

And last Wednesday, Chris and his mother Marilyn joined staff from ITU to hand over the cheque to lead nurse in critical care Charlotte Young.

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