Earlier this week, Burton Hospital received a very special gift from the fantastic fundraiser, Alfie David Plimmer.

Aged 12, Alfie has suffered with nephrotic syndrome, a kidney disorder, since he was a toddler and has frequently been treated in Burton Hospital.

Earlier this year, whilst very poorly, staff struggled to find a vein which was very stressful for Alfie. When friends saw him becoming upset, they decided to raise funds to provide equipment solely for use on Ward 1, so that Alfie and other children would be able to go through the process much quicker and easier in the future.

The community of Alrewas rallied around with individuals, local businesses and the Alrewas and Fradley Charity assisting and the funds were soon raised to buy a device commonly known as a Veinfinder. It can be difficult to find veins for taking blood in young children and the brilliant Accuvein 500 is an infrared device that highlights the veins for the doctor to make it easier and less stressful.

If any of our fantastic supporters have been inspired to fundraise for these brilliant devices, perhaps for the Geriatric Ward or A&E, they cost just under £4,500.

Alfie’s consultant, Dr Muogbo, thanked everyone for all of their efforts and generosity in raising the funds and purchase of the Veinfinder.  He said the kit would be put to good use and that the improved venepuncture experience for our children would be worth every penny spent.