Lesley Young was so impressed with the care her father received in Guisborough Primary Care Hospital that she decided to take part in the annual Boxing Day dip at Saltburn.
Before taking the body-numbing plunge into the North Sea, the mum-of-two from Skelton had asked friends and family for donations towards Priory ward where her dad Alan Thorpe had been treated following a stroke earlier in 2013. By the time Christmas had arrived there was £562 riding on her chilly dip dare.
Lesley said: “The care dad received was outstanding from everyone on the ward. From the domestics to the ward sister, nothing was too much for them. I’m convinced that this level of care has helped my dad recover to the extent he has. The whole family are very grateful and my friend Angie Mumberson also did a fantastic job helping to boost the pot to the £562 total.
“It was absolutely freezing in the water. I couldn’t feel my legs by the time I came out, but it was all worth it.”
Lucy Campbell, clinical matron and acting Priory ward manager, said: “We are very grateful for the donation and it will go to our patient comfort fund. We are looking at buying some new seating for visitors and this will most definitely help towards that goal.”