A MAN whose late wife was treated at Airedale Hospital has made a donation in tribute to the care she received.

Ricky Alden has given two heating and cooling fans each to the Haematology and Oncology Day Unit (HODU) and Ward 18 at the Steeton site.

Manufacturer Dyson also donated a fan, to Ward 16.

Yvonne Alden, who died last September, also worked as a volunteer at the hospital.

She served with the 'real time' patient survey section for more than four years.

Mr Alden said: "We were delighted with the treatment Yvonne received while she was at the hospital and wanted to give something back.

"We held a collection at her funeral, where friends and family generously donated, then used the money to purchase the fans.

"I hope many patients will benefit from them in the future."

Dawn Hardacre, a close family friend, said the fans were a specific choice.

"When Yvonne was on the HODU she was sometimes cold due to the treatment but on the wards she often felt too warm!" she said.

"I remember her commenting that the hospital needed money to buy more fans."

The family had some plaques – engraved with Yvonne's name – produced, which will be attached to the fans.

Karen Walker, deputy director of nursing at the hospital, thanked the family.

"Thanks go to Mr Alden for thinking of us and we really appreciate the family's efforts in supplying us with this generous donation," she said.

"We have already had positive comments from patients on Ward 16 saying how nice it is to have the fans."

Gurmit Jauhal, voluntary services manager, added: "We're really grateful for all donations but this one is particularly special, with Yvonne having worked here as a volunteer."