87-year-old Charlie Grainger makes recovery from COVID-19 in time to celebrate his birthday


Charlie Grainger was admitted to Heartlands Hospital and spent nearly two weeks on Ward 24 where he was treated for COVID-19. Now, Charlie has made a full recovery and has been able to return home to celebrate his 87th birthday which was on 1 May.

His family have now made a donation of £100 to Heartlands Hospital Charity, to help the Charity to fund items that will make life easier for patients in hospital at this difficult time.

Charlie was the first patient at Heartlands Hospital to be able to call his family on Skype from hospital using the new tablets that the Charity has been able to fund thanks to your donations.

His niece, Janet Cave, said: “Given his age and pre-existing conditions it is a testament to the care given that he is still alive. I know many families have not been as lucky as our family.

“We wanted to make a donation to Ward 24 as a small gesture of our thanks. We were the first family to be able to use Skype to contact our relative and I know the team went the extra mile to make that happen.

“As you can see from the screenshot that we took during the Skype call, he was overjoyed to be able to see me from his hospital bed.”

Charlie in his younger days.

Sabrina Hussaine, Fundraising Officer at Heartlands Hospital Charity said: “On behalf of everyone at Heartlands Hospital Charity I would like to wish Charlie a very happy 87th birthday. It is wonderful that he was able to return home and that he has made a full recovery.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, patients across our hospitals just like Charlie will be able to speak to their families via video chat on the tablets that we have funded. As Charlie and Janet’s story proves, seeing loved ones through the screen can make a huge difference to our patients at a really difficult time.”

You can find out how we’re supporting our patients and the NHS Superheroes who are treating them, here.

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