Generous guests at Robert and Mary Wilson’s Golden Wedding raised £1,500 for the Golden Jubilee National Hospital as a thank you after Robert’s aortic valve replacement.
Over 100 family and friends from across Scotland raised the money at Robert and Mary’s 50th wedding anniversary celebrations in Kilmarnock in February.
Robert said: “Mary and I wanted to give back to the heart and lung services in recognition of the treatment I received in our National Hospital. Since my operation, I feel better than ever; not only do I attend regular fitness classes, but I’m also back working on my farm.
“Instead of receiving gifts, we decided to dedicate our event to generating donations for the team who looked after me; we are so grateful for the exceptional professional commitment and care shown by everyone at the Golden Jubilee. We are also extremely thankful for the generosity shown by our family and friends who have made this donation possible.”
Robert and Mary recently visited the Golden Jubilee and proudly presented their donation to Consultant Cardiac Surgeon Kenneth MacArthur and the Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service team.
Dr Mike Higgins, Medical Director at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, commented: “We are so grateful to Robert and Mary for their kindness and their generous donation, which will make a real difference to our future Golden Jubilee patients.
“On behalf of our staff, volunteers and Board, I would like to offer our heartfelt thanks for thinking of us – the home of national and regional heart services for the NHS in Scotland.
“We also wish Robert and Mary a very happy Golden Wedding year full of many celebrations.”