RIPLEY Hospital League of Friends has been able buy a vital piece of medical equipment thanks to Sally Balls who donated money given to her on her 50th birthday.
Sally handed over £1,600, which helped pay for the £1,900 focimeter, which is used to check the strength of patients’ glasses.
Sally, of Buckland Hollow decided to make the donation in memory of her father Dr Michael Mullan- Feroze, who worked at the hospital and was well known in the town. He died of cancer in 1983 aged 50 and Sally thought it would be a fitting tribute to his memory.
She said: “I asked for donations in memory of my dad.”
Sally, who staged a party to mark her birthday milestone wanted to make the donation to the league of friends because she knew the money would be put to good use for local people at the hospital where her father had worked, she said.
Patients with eye problems can now have their glasses tested there and then by a nurse using the machine, which means patients are not then referred back to their opticians.