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David, 75, tunes into fundraising

Thursday, 22nd January 2004.

Pensioner David Williams has presented 1,720 worth of equipment to addenbrookes Hospital, after raising the money by playing his accordion.

Mr Williams, 75, of elmhurst Close, Haverhill, has already raised hundreds of pounds to buy equipment for the hospital and the surgery in Haverhill where his late wife Joan was cared for, by playing at sheltered accommodation and other venues.

Mr Williams visited ward A5 at the hospital, where his daughter-in-law and granddaughter both work to hand over a pulse oximeter and six wrist monitors, worth about 1000.

He also presented 200 to the hospital's eye unit, 100 to the reconstructive surgery department and 100 to cardiology.

Mr Williams said he aimed to help all the places where his wife had received such good treatment and thanked all of those who had supported his fundraising.

"I usually play for two hours for people in the twilight of their years. It helps them to have a bit of fun and a sing-song and it helps me to buy Addenbrooke's and the surgery whatever equipment they need," Mr Williams said.

Caroline Lane, director of the Fund and Friends of Addenbrooke's said: "Mr Williams had worked so hard over the last year and has provided some much-needed equipment for the different wards that treated his late wife. I am sure she would be very proud of all his efforts."

Haverhill Weekly News

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