North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust received a kind donation this week from Ken Rangecroft in memory of his late wife who died with COVID-19 earlier this year.
Karen Rangecroft, 58, received care on the Beech Ward and Intensive Care Unit at the Cumberland Infirmary and the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and sadly died in February 2021.
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."