Chester patient’s thank you for life saving treatment

A former patient of The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust has raised thousands of pounds for the hospital’s charity after receiving lifesaving treatment.

A year ago Paul Arthur suffered bacterial meningitis which led to hydrocephalus, also known as water on the brain.

 Paul Arthur and Gerri Smith from Ellis Whittam with Chairman Ken Hoskisson, Consultant Neurosurgeon Martin Wilby and Head of Fundraising Sarah Jones

After initially suffering a suspected perforated eardrum followed by severe headaches Paul was taken to the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust, where a scan showed hydrocephalus, he was then transferred to The Walton Centre for treatment.

Paul, of Chester, made a full recovery and nominated the Walton Neuro Fund as his employer’s local charity of the year.

During the last year Paul’s colleagues at Chester-based Ellis Whittam organised a range of fundraising activities, including raffles, charity auctions, cake bakes, sponsored bike rides and runs, and a fundraising sports day.

Ellis Whittam fundraising sports day

They managed to raise £2,073.43 for the specialist neuroscience hospital trust.

Paul, solicitor, said: “I wouldn’t be here without The Walton Centre.

“I’m so grateful for everything they have done for me, I can’t thank them enough.”

Consultant Neurosurgeon Martin Wilby, who operated on Paul, explained: “Paul could have died if he hadn’t had the drain, so I’m delighted to see that he has made a great recovery.

“We’re thrilled to receive this very generous donation and we really appreciate the effort of Paul and his colleagues.”

Ellis Whittam Chief Executive Deven Thakrar said: “The Walton Centre gave Paul exceptional care and our colleagues wanted to say thank you and give something back.”