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.
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.
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.”