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Double donation to brighten up dayroom


Tracey Inch - Lyme Ward matron, Tony Isham - artist, Jacinda Martin - Lyme Ward Staff Nurse. In the front is Doreen Erasmus mother of Carol FewingsLyme Ward staff celebrated the refurbishment of the patient dayroom with a double donation from family and friends of former patients.


Carol Fewings, a long term patient on Lyme ward, passed away from cancer earlier this year. As special thanks for staff’s care and support for Carol, her family donated collections from her funeral to the ward, which specialises in colorectal surgery.


The money has been used to purchase paintings of Topsham Harbour by local artist Tony Isham, who also donated a painting from his collection after a member of his family was treated on the ward recently.

Lyme ward matron & staff nurse with artist

Tony Isham and Carol's mother Doreen Erasmus


The collection of three maritime pictures will be part of the decoration for the new patient day room on the ward.


Among Carol’s family was her partner Terry Williams, who said: “This is what Carol would have wanted, to give some money to the ward that would benefit the nurses and patients here. It has been a pleasure to be able to do this, Carol was a real character on the ward and all the nurses were so kind to her.”


Matron Tracey Inch received the new paintings with Carol’s family. She said: “The pictures will brighten up this important space for our patients and their families and I am sure, being local scenes, they will give a lot of pleasure. We are very grateful to the family and friends of Carol and Mr Isham.”

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