Banchory man raises cash for hospital unit

Keith Tocher and daughter Lyndsay handing over a cheque for �720 to Pat Stuart, a neo-natal ward nurse.
Keith Tocher and daughter Lyndsay handing over a cheque for �720 to Pat Stuart, a neo-natal ward nurse.

A Banchory man has raised £720 for a hospital ward after asking friends and family for donations instead of birthday presents.

Keith Tocher celebrated his 50th birthday with a party at the Burnett Arms Hotel and asked guests to make a donation towards the neo-natal ward at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Keith’s partner Trichia Mutch gave birth to daughter Lyndsay early in September 2004. Lyndsay spent three weeks in the neo-natal unit as she only weighed 2lb 3oz.

Since then, the family has been raising cash for the unit and Trichia said it will be a big help to the facility.

“We have remained in close contact with the ward ever since Lyndsay was born and it’s important there is money to improve the equipment for other families.

“We have raised money through sales and donations before and this was a great chance to raise a bit more.

“The staff were a big help and we handed the cheque over to Pat Stuart, who was one of the nurses who looked after Lyndsay when she was born.”

Alison Will, Nurse manager on the neo-natal ward said: “We are very grateful to the family for this generous donation.

“The money has been passed to our charity ‘The Friends of Special Nursery’ . The money has been put towards the purchase of a new specialist incubator for very premature babies.

“Donations such as these can make an enormous difference for patients and their families while they’re on the unit. It is an extraordinarily thoughtful gesture which is gratefully appreciated.”

Ms Mutch, a former assistant manager at Banchory Lodge Hotel, said the family had enjoyed a great night at the Burnett Arms and thanked all those who made donations.