Wormegay couple thank QEH

Diamond couple Joseph and Myrtle Russell (centre) present donations to, from left, Julie Allen, Jonny Poole and Meriden Cabales.

Diamond couple Joseph and Myrtle Russell (centre) present donations to, from left, Julie Allen, Jonny Poole and Meriden Cabales.

A Wormegay couple have thanked healthcare services for their lifesaving efforts by using their diamond wedding anniversary to raise charity cash.

Joseph Russell suffered a heart attack last February and was taken by the East of England Ambulance Trust to the Critical Care Unit at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Mr Russell and his wife Myrtle were so pleased with his care they wanted to raise money to say thank you. So they asked for donations instead of presents at a recent family party to commemorate their 60 years together – and raised £250 each for the Trust and unit.

Mrs Russell said: “My husband received the best possible care from the ambulance service and then the whole team when he was in critical care for six weeks after his massive heart attack. Everyone who came to our party was incredibly generous, and we are both thankful every day that we got to share our 60th wedding anniversary with the people we care so much about.”

Julie Allen, practice development critical care nurse at the QEH, said: “We would all like to say thank you very much to both of them, and their extremely kind friends and family. The money will go towards equipment to help the rehabilitation of critical care patients, helping people for years to come.” Photo: SUPPLIED