Chesterfield mum digs deep to say thank you for son’s treatment

Freda Beckett with son Steve, who had a life-saving operation at the Royal Hallamshire
Freda Beckett with son Steve, who had a life-saving operation at the Royal Hallamshire
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THE new critical care unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital includes a suite of three comfortable rooms for relatives of seriously-ill patients.

The rooms have been funded by a £7,000 grant from Sheffield charity Neurocare.

Freda Beckett, aged 54, helped raise funds for them after her 29-year-old son Steve was rushed into the Hallamshire with a life-threatening brain aneurism last October.

Freda, together with husband Ritchie, 56, and daughter Sam, 27, spent 10 days waiting while Steve recovered in the old neurosciences critical care unit.

Freda, from New Whittington, Chesterfield, said: “The care was wonderful and when it’s life or death you just get on with it.

“But it would have been nice for there to be somewhere to go - the family room in the old unit is a tiny, windowless box.

“It’s nice to think that other people will now have somewhere more comfortable.”

The new family suite includes a counselling room, sitting room and area with reclining chairs where people can sleep. There are also coffee facilities and a television.