A fund for hospital nurses has received a cash boost as one of the last wishes of Mary-Ann Bloomfield was realised after her death.
Mary-Ann Bloomfield, former editor of the Mid Devon Gazette series, died in April, aged 57.
She had left the Gazette to become commercial editor for its parent Northcliffe company, Cornwall & Devon Media, in January.
In her living will she requested donations be made to the nurses at Tiverton Hospital and her husband Ian presented cheques for £893 to matron Eileen Simmonds this week.
As well as donations from organisations and individuals, the total included money collected at Mary-Ann’s memorial service in May. The money will go into a special trust fund for ward nurses and community staff to spend as they wish.
Ian said: “They can put it towards a new television, or the Christmas bash. It’s to be used for whatever they might need as comforts.
”Mary-Ann’s mother was a nurse and wrote romantic novels about doctors and nurses. Mary-Ann has always been connected with nursing and wanted the money to go to nurses who are directly involved with patients.”
Mary-Ann’s memorial fund will be shared between 60 nursing staff.
Eileen Simmons added: “What makes this special is that it will go to the people rather than be spent on a piece of equipment.”