Man runs marathon for hospital critical care unit

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A city fundraiser has presented Milton Keyes Hospital’s critical care unit with £1,000.

Colin Delderfield, 43, from Oxley Park raised the money running the Milton Keynes Marathon – all to thank staff for saving mother-in-law Helen Oldman’s life.

He said: “In February 2009, Helen was rushed to hospital. She had a large obstruction in her stomach which had blocked her digestive tract and then ruptured. Following a long operation Helen was admitted to the Milton Keynes Hospital critical care unit. The outlook wasn’t good and we were devastated when they said Helen was unlikely to survive the day. But she made it, thanks to the extraordinary skill and dedicated care of the staff in ITU.”

Colin was so impressed with Helen’s care he wanted to give something back. He said: “I took part in the Milton Keynes Marathon, which was extra challenging as after spending months training in the cold weather suddenly summer was here – it was a shock to the system! My finish time was just over 5 hours. I used JustGiving the best I could to raise the funds and for me, the critical care unit was an obvious choice as they saved Helen’s life.”

During an emotional visit to the unit this week Colin and Helen met staff to find out how the money was being spent. For Helen, it was her first time in the unit since 2009. She said: “The bed was comfortable, and the care and love that we, the family, received was fantastic. It’s down to staff and family that I pulled through, so thank you. ”

Helen returned home from the critical care unit in June 2009 and has since had two hip replacements.

Staff nurse Jane Adderley was delighted to meet Colin and Helen and thank them personally for their support. She said: “We’re looking at using the money to buy new chairs for the ward. The current chairs are uncomfortable for those that lose body weight after a period in bed, so special chairs will be purchased. Also, the new chairs can be repositioned electronically, making them much easier for staff and patients to use. Thanks to Colin this will make a huge difference to patients.”

For information on fundraising for any part of the hospital, please contact Vanessa Holmes, Fundraising Manager on 01908 826690 or email fundraising@mkhospital.nhs.uk.