Monday, 11 April 2016

'Wheeler dealer' leaves Ipswich Hospital £1.5m

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  • From the sectionSuffolk
Peter GibbonsImage copyrightTrisha Walton/EADT
Image captionPeter Gibbons always praised the care he received at Ipswich Hospital during his six-year battle with heart disease
A former second-hand car trader has left £1.5m in his will to the hospital which treated him for heart disease.
Peter Gibbons died last year aged 90 at Ipswich Hospital, following a six-year battle with the disease.
Friends, who were executors of his will, told the East Anglian Daily Times they were shocked at the amount of money he left.
The hospital said it was the biggest donation it had received and said "thousands of people" would benefit.
Mr Gibbons, from Bramford, Suffolk, was "thrifty" and sold second-hand cars and trailers, according to his friends Gary and Trisha Walton.
"You heard rumours about his money, but when we found out how much it was we were quite shocked.
"He was a lovable rogue - a bit of a wheeler dealer.
"People who knew him just knew that was the way he was - that was him and he was quite happy," said Mrs Walton.
Ipswich Hospital sign
Image captionIpswich Hospital said "thousands of people" will benefit from the money
Mr Gibbons always praised the care he received at the hospital and felt the nurses did not get paid enough, Mr Walton said.
The donation means the hospital can renovate four wards, improve the children's ward and use the rest of the money for projects suggested by staff.
Laurence Collins, non-executive director of the Ipswich Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Thousands of people will be touched every day by Mr Gibbons' kindness when they come into the hospital and see an environment which is completely transformed.
"This legacy will mean that we can go way over and above what we would normally be able to afford so that we deliver the best experience for patients, carers, visitors and staff."

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