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Dedicated Dudley hospital fundraiser makes milestone donation
10:38am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Local
A DEDICATED hospital fundraiser has donated £100,000 to the borough’s pain relief unit throughout a decade-long campaign to coin in the cash.
Gwen Timmins, from Kingswinford, has been fundraising since 2003 for the ward at Russells Hall Hospital which treats her - despite suffering herself with painful arthritis and fibromyalgia.
The 70-year-old, who helps to run the support group for the pain relief unit, has raised thousands of pounds for the ward by holding a weekly tombola and gift stall in the foyer of the Dudley hospital - and this week she handed over another £10,000 bringing the total over ten years to £100,000.
Gwen, who was awarded the MBE in 2007 for her charity work, said she could not have raised the cash without the help of fellow volunteer Tony Smith, from Halesowen, who has worked alongside her for the last ten years to support the unit.
She said: “I’m very proud of everything I’ve achieved with Tony’s help.
“How long I shall carry on for though depends on how my health is going to be.”
The latest donation will go into a fund for the pain relief unit to help buy much-needed items in future - although previous handouts have bought vital pieces of equipment for the ward.
Paula Clark, chief executive of the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We really appreciate charitable donations from members of the public, especially in these difficult economic times.
“Gwen Timmins has raised a phenomenal amount of money for the Trust, which is a tremendous achievement and a testament to her generosity and hard work.”
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