Uckfield Cinque Ports Club makes donation in memory of Michael

Uckfield Cinque Ports Club has presented a cheque for more than £6,000 to a neurological centre which helped one of their members.

Michael Holland was admitted to Hurstwood Park, Haywards Heath, in June 2009, with a bleed/growth on the brain.

His wife Alison Playle said: “Over the next few weeks and many tests it was discovered he had a lymphoma tumour on the brain stem.

“Michael was so impressed with the way he was looked after he said he wanted to do more than just buy a box of chocolates and the plan was for Michael to present a cheque to Hurstwood Park on behalf of the Cinque Ports Club.”

Alison continued: “Unfortunately Michael passed away in April last year so tonight we have fulfilled Michael's wish.”

The cheque for £6,362 was presented to Brian Gubbin, representing Hurstwood Park, by David Brooker, vice-chairman of the Cinque Ports Club, Alison and Sandra Green, another club member.

'Fantastic gesture'

Mr Gubbin said: “This is a fantastic gesture by the Uckfield Cinque Ports Club. The money will enable Hurstwood Park to acquire a BIS Monitor which measures the amount of activity in the brain using special electrodes.”

The neurological centre as been at Haywards Heath since 1941 when it moved from Queens Square, London, during the Second World War. It is one of the leading centres of brain treatment in the country and is now the only operating hospital in the whole of South East England.

Our photograph was taken by Ron Hill and shows, from the left, Sandra Green, David Brooker, Brian Gubbin and Alison Playle.

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