Bungalow left to Ilkeston hospital

Ilkeston Community Hospital has received one of the biggest single donations it has ever had.
Ilkeston Community Hospital has received one of the biggest single donations it has ever had.

Ilkeston Community Hospital has £150,000 to spend on new equipment for patients thanks to one of the biggest single donations it has ever received.

Generous Ilkestonian Phyllis Woodhouse, who received treatment at the Heanor Road hospital more than a decade ago, left her bungalow to the League of Friends group in her will.

Chairman of the group, which tirelessly fundraises for the hospital, Mike Perry said he was ‘extremely grateful’ to Phyllis and her family.

“We intend to use the money in the best possible way and hope to benefit Ilketon and the surrounding communities.

“The latest equipment we have bought will be invaluable to the community.”

Phyllis died about 10 years ago and her daughter Jane Woodhouse continued to live in the house. When Jane died last year, the League was granted ownership of the bungalow.

Now the group’s solicitors are about to complete the sale.

The hospital has already spent £46,000 on state-of-the-art anaesthetic machines for the Diagnostic and Treatment Centre.

Mike said the rest has been put into a pot which will enable it to buy equipment, including three bladder scanners – at a total cost of £21,000 – and a £26,000 ultrasound scanner.

Matron Jennifer Harrison confirmed the bequest was one of the biggest single donations the hospital had received in many years and that discussions were ongoing with the League about how best to spend the rest of the cash.