People could pay tribute to a late loved one and help the appeal at the same time.

Appeal organisers welcome suggestions, such as naming part of the new department after a departed family member or friend, or planting a tree in their memory.

“There are many ways to donate to the Emergency Department Appeal – including by cheque, online and by text – but if you would like to arrange something special to remember a loved one, please contact us,” said a spokesman. “E-mail to arrange a time to discuss your intentions, or call (01535) 294546.”