MORE than 70 years have passed since Edward Palmer was admitted as a patient to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
But the care he received left a lasting impression on him.
And today, at the age of 80, Edward remains grateful to the doctors and nurses who made him well again.
The pensioner is backing The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make it Better appeal this Christmas,
Edward, from Norwood, was constantly ill while growing up – suffering from whooping cough, chicken pox and scarlet fever.
In 1940, he began having ‘sunshine treatment’ at The Children’s Hospital which doctors believed would strengthen his immunity.
Edward said: “I remember sitting on a little bench inside a very small cubicle. A light would shine on my back and then the front of my body for just a few minutes, and then I would go home.
“I was only eight years old when I went for my first appointment, but I pretty much always went on my own. Parents couldn’t come with you to hold your hand – there was a war on.
“I would think nothing of riding the tram or bus by myself.”
Edward travelled from his home in Southey Green to the hospital once a week for four years for the treatment.
He went on to have a successful career in banking, and says without the hospital he would have probably spent his life fighting illnesses.
Now he is backing the Make it Better appeal to raise £20m towards a £40m transformation of the hospital.
Fundraiser Rebecca Staden said: “We think it’s wonderful that the hospital still holds a special place in people’s hearts so long after they were treated there.”
n Log on to Make it Better for more information about the appeal.