Dad’s £5,000 thanks for hos­pi­tal’s help

‘Tick­ing time bomb’ suf­fered two strokes af­ter holes found in his heart

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

A RUIS­LIP fam­ily man, who sur­vived two strokes in un­der a year, raised thou­sands to give back to the hos­pi­tal that helped him.

Mar­ried fa­ther-of-three Ian Par­tridge de­scribed him­self as a ‘tick­ing time bomb’ as doc­tors found he had three holes in his heart since birth, which were caus­ing the strokes.

He said: “Last year be­fore my 46th birth­day I had my first stroke and then I had another stroke in Oc­to­ber.

“I was quite healthy, I used to be a run­ner and had been go­ing to a gym for about 20 years.”

47-year-old Mr Par­tridge, who is a keen football fan, wants to spread the word that it can hap­pen to any­one.

“One in six of the adult pop­u­la­tion have a hole in the heart, which starts in the womb but doesn’t al­ways heal up at birth.

“I was in Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal for both of my strokes.

“You hear nasty things about hos­pi­tals and how un­der-re­sourced the NHS is but I must ad­mit, they re­ally did help me over­whelm­ingly. If peo­ple like that didn’t ex­ist, I’d be a lit­tle bit stuck.”

To ‘give back’ to those who helped him, Mr Par­tridge or­gan­ised a sum­mer din­ner and disco event on Satur­day Au­gust 15 at Weald­stone Football Club in Ruis­lip.

He said: “I com­mit­ted my­self to raise money for both Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal and a na­tional char­ity Dif­fer­ent Strokes, so I can also get the sup­port of na­tional football teams.

“They are peo­ple who are ded­i­cated to mak­ing you bet­ter so I thought I’d do ev­ery­thing I could to help them.”

Mr Par­tridge, who worked as a self­em­ployed IT con­sul­tant for six years be­fore the strokes, still vis­its the hos­pi­tal for reg­u­lar phys­io­ther­apy ap­point­ments.

His event in­cluded a sit-down meal and en­try into a very gen­er­ous raf­fle with around 70 prizes to win. There was also a silent auc­tion on the night in­clud­ing signed football good­ies from a va­ri­ety of teams in­clud­ing Ar­se­nal, West Brom, Man Utd and Liver­pool.

The night was a suc­cess and Mr Par­tridge was pleased to have raised “more than he ex­pected” with the fi­nal fig­ure to­talling over £5,000 and £1,300 from the football mer­chan­dise alone.

Speak­ing af­ter the event, Mr Par­tidge said: “It feels re­ally good to hand it on and hope­fully make a dif­fer­ence. If I’m hon­est I re­ally don’t mind how they spend it, as the peo­ple there re­ally do de­serve it, and maybe they can buy some new equip­ment.

“I want the peo­ple at the hos­pi­tal to have it, I just wish I could’ve raised more money but it’s bet­ter than noth­ing.”

“It doesn’t sound like a lot, but I’m writ­ing a book and hope­fully they’ll get some money from that, if I get pub­lished. In fu­ture I hope I can raise some more money for them.”

A spokes­woman for Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal says staff are “de­lighted” to re­ceive such a gen­er­ous do­na­tion from Mr Par­tridge.

She said: “We would like to say thank you for all his fan­tas­tic fundrais­ing ef­forts.

“We are in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for his sup­port and do­na­tions like this are used to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties and go to­wards pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble care for our pa­tients.”

Photo by Katie Lamb

n SO GRATE­FUL: Dad Ian Par­tridge with chil­dren Ge­or­gia, Oliver and Scar­lett

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