iPads donated to Addenbrooke’s in memory of Cottenham firefighter Danny Granger
A dozen iPads have been handed over to Addenbrooke’s Critical Care Unit, thanks to a fundraising effort by the family of Danny Granger.
Danny, an on-call firefighter at Cottenham Fire Station, died in February after catching Covid-19. He had been treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital for a number of weeks after he became ill and his family wanted to do something to help other families keep in touch with loved ones in hospital as restrictions prevent them from being able to visit.
Danny’s mother Margaret, sister Katie and brother-in-law Mel enlisted the help of Danny’s close friend and fellow on-call firefighter Matt Scruby to set up an online fundraising page to raise money in Danny’s memory so the family could buy more iPads for the hospital.
Katie said: “When Daniel was in hospital, the only way we could see or speak to him was when the nursing staff were able to use an iPad to video call us. But with few iPads to go round it was difficult. The nurses were brilliant and did everything they could, including using their own phones to help us keep in touch with Daniel, so we wanted to do something to help them and others in our situation.
“The iPads are engraved with Danny’s name and he would be so proud to know that he is continuing to help people. He was so thoughtful and would do anything for anyone, so it seemed a fitting way for him to be remembered.”
Ten of the iPads have been bought and donated from the family’s fundraising collection and a further two have been donated by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service. The iPads have also been supplied with appropriate cases.
Katie added: “I’d like to thank everyone who donated for their kindness and touching messages of support. These last few months have been incredibly difficult for everyone but people’s generosity towards this cause and the support we have received has been a huge comfort.”
In total, £6,010.72 was raised by the family, with an additional £500 collected by local shop Premier, in Cottenham, from customers.
As well as purchasing the iPads and accessories, £375 will be donated to eight different charities Danny supported, including RNLI, Prostrate Cancer UK, Diabetes UK, British legion, and Dementia UK.