Grateful former Walsall Manor Hospital patient Andy Wood has netted £135 for coronary care after holding a charity football match.
Andy, aged 35, spent more than two months in hospital back in 2013 with bacterial endocarditis, an infection caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream and settle in the heart lining, heart valve or a blood vessel.
“I was really ill and spent time on the coronary care ward where I was really well looked after,” he said.
Andy wanted to show his gratitude and organised a charity football match between Great Barr Rangers XI and Walsall Legends at Sutton Coldfield Town FC.
“Great Barr Rangers won 8-2 and we had a great day playing the match at Sutton Coldfield Town FC,” he said. “It’s good to be able to give something back when you’ve been so ill. I wanted to do something before this but because of my illness it took me a long time to get my strength back.”
Georgie Westley, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Fundraising Manager, said: “We’re really grateful to Andy for his efforts – particularly after he’s had to battle back to health.”