A man has donated £3,000 to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary in memory of his wife who died of COVID-19 last month.
Ken Rangecroft and his family raised the cash in memory of his wife Karen, 58, who received care on the Beech Ward and intensive care unit at the Cumberland Infirmary and the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
The family including Karen’s sons Michael and Christopher, set up a Just Giving page in her memory which raised over £3,000 with the funds being split between the two hospitals who Ken said cared for Karen so compassionately.
Prior to becoming unwell, Karen had dedicated her career to working in the community care sector looking after the elderly, she also had connections within maternity services where her sister-in-law Caroline was a midwife and her father-in-law, Mr Rangecroft, was a consultant at the City General and City Maternity Hospital for many years.
The funds have been donated to maternity services in memory of Karen, and her family connections to the maternity services.
Anna Stabler, chief nurse at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, said, “There are too many stories of people being taken too soon with COVID-19, Karen devoted her life to caring for others and we know she would have been proud of her family raising funds and donating them to benefit others.
“We are very grateful to Karen’s family for the kind donation to our maternity services.”