Jack Thompson presents the bench to Mandy Griggs from the hospital’s referral booking team and a friend of Chrissie.

A bench has been donated by a West Norfolk business in memory of hospital healthcare assistant Chrissie Emerson.

Jack Thompson, production director at Shernborne-based Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Company, presented the cast iron bench on Tuesday to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

The bench will take pride of place in a memorial garden at the hospital dedicated to Mrs Emerson, 64, of Terrington St Clement, who died on April 19 after contracting coronavirus.

The garden has been made possible by fundraising from Mrs Emerson’s friends and family and a donation from the hospital’s League of Friends charity.

Mrs Emerson had worked at the hospital for almost 30 years.

Harry Thompson, marketing director at the family company, said he was only too happy to help after being contacted by the hospital’s staff engagement team.

He said the employee explained the hospital wanted a bench and why and he offered to donate one.

“We used to do benches and had a couple left and I thought there’s no way they should pay for it, have one of ours. It’s the least we can do,” said Mr Thompson, who owes his life to hospital staff.

The 33-year-old said he wouldn’t be here today if it hadn’t been for the treatment he received nine years ago after he suffered a collapsed lung.

“They were absolutely fantastic,” he said.

Amanda-Jane Weir, head of staff engagement at QEH said: “This bench will mean so much Chrissie’s friends, family and colleagues. 

“Chrissie was hugely loved and respected across the hospital, the memorial garden will be a place for reflection and good memories for anyone who was touched by her kindness and laughter. 

“We are so very grateful for this heartfelt act of kindness shown by Harry and his family. 

“The support which has been given to staff from within our local community has been overwhelming, demonstrating just how much QEH and the services we provide means to our local community. 

“We cannot thank them enough.”