Leonard’s generous £60K bequest to renal unit

July 2007... Leonard McBride celebrating his 80th birthday with Western Trust staff in the Renal Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital.
July 2007... Leonard McBride celebrating his 80th birthday with Western Trust staff in the Renal Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Renal Unit staff at Altnagelvin Hospital say they’re amazed to discover that a former patient has bequeathed £60,000 to the unit’s comfort fund.

The bequest was made as a thank-you to the unit in recognition of the care and attention provided to him over his years on haemodialysis.

The gentleman in question was the late Leonard McBride who attended the unit three times per week for six years before he passed away in March of this year.

Leonard first started dialysis in September 2004 in the Renal Unit in Tyrone County Hospital and he was very grateful for the care he received there before his transfer to the Altnagelvin unit - only ten minutes from his home - in December 2006.

Chairman of the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) Gerard Guckian said of the donation: “The Western Trust really want to thank the late Leonard McBride and his family for this wonderful gesture. We know that Leonard had a close connection with the Renal Unit and its staff during his lifetime and that the Unit had a positive impact on his life.

“All of the staff of the Renal Unit greatly appreciate any donation that can improve the comfort of their patients, but to receive one of this magnitude is truly extraordinary. We confirm that all of this large amount will be used to improve the patient experience in the Unit in the years ahead.”

Mary McDevitt, Western Trust Renal Unit Manager, said of Leonard: “Leonard was a great character who led a very full life. He enjoyed coming to the Renal Unit, patients and staff enjoyed listening to his fascinating stories about his extensive travels, work, and involvement in the London Theatre/West End and meeting celebrities.

“Leonard has always been very generous to the unit, from bringing regular treats for the staff to his very kindly donation of new flat screen TVs to the Renal Unit and Ward 20. We all appreciated his stories and his cheerfulness despite dealing with renal failure and long term haemodialysis.”

Harry McBride, Leonard’s nephew, said: “Leonard would sing the praises of the Renal Unit. The care and attention he received from staff worked as a tonic. His donation will ensure staff and patients attain comfort in years ahead.”