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Redditch family makes generous donation to glaucoma group
3:10pm Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
A REDDITCH family has made an extremely generous donation to a support group for people affected by glaucoma, in memory of a loved one.
Alan Docker was an active member of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust glaucoma support group from its formation in 2009, and he sadly died earlier this year.
Mr Docker had already donated £500 to the group, and in his will he asked for donations to be made in his memory instead of flowers.
Mr Docker’s wife Jean visited the glaucoma group to present a cheque for £800 at their meeting on Friday, October 12. It was a particularly special date, because it would have been the couple’s wedding anniversary.
Mrs Docker said: “It was a sad day, but it was with great pleasure that I make this donation because I know how pleased and proud Alan would have been.”
The group presented Mrs Docker with a rose bush to show their thanks.
The glaucoma support group was set up in 2009 by the trust’s clinical lead for ophthalmology, Tarun Sharma.
Meetings are quarterly and are open to all, with members travelling across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Mr Sharma said “I am so grateful for Mrs Docker’s donation in memory of her husband. Alan was a patient of mine, and what he has done for us is very touching and beyond anything we would expect.
“I’m very proud and have thanked Jean and her daughter Helen on behalf of the whole group. The money will be put to good use arranging future group meetings and spreading the word so we can support more people with glaucoma.
“My idea for this group is to open up membership as far as possible to educate people, and I’d like to thank the glaucoma support team; Sally Smith, Sara Ruck, Laura Knowles and Emma Rose Warne for giving their time to help me run the meetings, it wouldn’t be possible without you.”
For more details about the group, contact email@example.com or call 01905 733715.