The “brilliant” treatment given by hospital staff and ambulance crews has prompted a Downham Market pensioner to make a £100 donation to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Family members called 111 when 86-year-old Patsy Bishop, who has COPD, became unwell and it was feared she might have pneumonia.

Two male paramedics arrived within minutes and Mrs Bishop was taken to the King’s Lynn hospital, where she spent six days recovering.

While there, she learned the hospital needed more pillows and after being discharged, she made a £100 donation to help buy some.

“They were all brilliant, they deserve praise, the two ambulance lads were brilliant. I was in such a state,” said Mrs Bishop.

She hopes her donation will prompt other people to pay for more pillows.

“They need help, they are all working so hard,” she added.

The day after Mrs Bishop was discharged, her 89 year-old husband William fell ill and was taken to the QEH and then to Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

Mrs Bishop said it had been a difficult time because they hadn’t been able to see each other.