Rushden woman’s heartfelt thanks to lifesaving Kettering hospital ward

Sister Kathy Heywood Reg Nurse Imelda Ting and Frances Francis
Sister Kathy Heywood Reg Nurse Imelda Ting and Frances Francis

A woman who spent nine weeks at Kettering General Hospital has donated £1,750 to the ward where she received her care as a thank you.

Frances Francis, 74, from Rushden, spent time in hospital over Christmas and New Year, 2014-15, after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma.

She left hospital in January 2015 and completed a course of chemotherapy as an outpatient.

Frances is now in remission and being monitored by her consultant Dr Mark Kwan.

When she arrived home Frances, who is widowed and has two children and six grandchildren, began to use her hobby of weaving to make scarves to raise money for the ward as a thank you for the care she received.

She also asked for donations at talks she gave to organisations on a variety of subjects including weaving, Samoa, family history and local settlements.

Last month, she presented the amazing sum of all her donations to the ward. Frances said: “The haematology service at Kettering General Hospital quite literally saved my life. I wanted to thank everyone in the department, and all those involved in my care on Lilford Ward, for their incredible efforts.”