THE family of a Ringwood man who died while battling gallstone pancreatitis have launched a fundraising drive to buy vital hospital equipment.
Sophie Lockyer wants to help the wards and medics who tried to save the life of her dad Andrew (48), who died in March.
In a fundraising webpage Sophie said the father-of-two, a Southampton dock worker, was admitted to Bournemouth hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) before being transferred to Southampton General for an operation which he did not survive.
She said: “The money we raise will be going to Southampton and Bournemouth’s ICU teams and equipment, such as ventilators, kidney dialysis… to help those who worked tirelessly to save my dad.
“Even though the help he received did not save him it still kept him alive until he couldn’t fight anymore.”
Sophie continued: “The ICU teams who looked after my dad were amazing and they don’t receive enough credit for their 24-hour service to help people.
“Whilst being in the hospital there is a massive shortage in ventilators which no hospital should ever fear, so this page and the donations are going towards this in the hope that even though my dad didn’t make it, someone else might.
“At least the hospital will have more equipment and more options to try and save as many lives as they can. The teams were fantastic to my dad and treated him with the utmost respect and I can’t thank them enough for what they have all done for us.”
Sophie added: “Our whole family is devastated. My father was a well-known man who touched many hearts. He had a heart of gold himself and would do anything for anyone.
“He was a dedicated worker, a fantastic father, a loving husband, brother, uncle, son and even a grandad.
“Life isn’t fair sometimes and it always takes the best people.”
Andrew leaves behind his wife Julie, Sophie and son Stephen. So far people have pledged more than £5,600 to the cause.
Anyone wishing to donate should visit www.gofundme.com/f/1xfoj1cr80