Ipswich/Martlesham: Hospital patient who suffered a collapsed lung helps to raise funds to thank the team that helped him

Cancer suffer Bob Dunnett hands over a cheque raised by Martlesham Ladies Club for specailist lung e

Cancer suffer Bob Dunnett hands over a cheque raised by Martlesham Ladies Club for specailist lung equipment for Ipswich Hospital. Pictured with Dr Simon Smith and Ipswich Hospital Thermal Tumour Ablation Team and members of Martlesham Ladies Club - Credit: Archant

A man who was treated at Ipswich Hospital after suffering a collapsed lung has helped to raise vital funds to thank the team that supported him.

Bob Dunnett also lavished praise on the Heath Road site when he presented staff in the CT scan suite with a cheque for £1,500 yesterday.

The 78-year-old had to travel to London when secondary tumours were found on his lungs because the equipment needed to help him was, at the time, not available in Ipswich.

But he was taken to Ipswich Hospital when it was discovered he had suffered the collapsed lung and in the following months, he got to see firsthand the work they do.

Since then he has had regular full-body CT scans at the site.

Mr Dunnett, of Martlesham, said: “I felt that we could perhaps help just a little bit.

“I wanted to return something because the treatment that I have had has been good and very positive. I have got nothing but praise for this wonderful hospital.”

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The funds were raised through a series of events, with many being put on by the Martlesham Ladies Club and supported by the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society, which Mr Dunnett is vice-chairman of.

With the addition of funds made through previous events, just under £2,500 has now been raised.

Mr Dunnett added: “I am really pleased. The Martlesham Ladies Club has been marvellous in taking this on board.”

What the money will be spent on has not yet been finalised but Simon Smith, consultant radiologist, hopes it will be used to fund a piece of portable monitoring equipment.

Dr Smith said: “It is great news and without this charity money, getting the smaller pieces of equipment can be difficult, but when you have the cash it makes a huge difference.

“This will make a real difference to us doing our jobs so it is fantastic.”