Somerset

Couple give holiday cash to Yeovil District Hospital

Flo and Jim Essex with maternity matron Kelly Kent and Neil Tomlin, Head of Midwifery
Image caption Flo and Jim Essex have given a cheque for £500 to Yeovil District Hospital

A couple who have raised about £130,000 for a Somerset hospital in the past 20 years have donated their holiday money to pay for a baby heart monitor.

Flo Essex, 81, and her husband Jim, 85, from Yeovil, were forced to cancel their coach trip due to illness.

They have now given a cheque for the £500 they had saved up to Yeovil District Hospital.

Mr Essex said: "As we didn't need it for the trip we wanted to do something for the babies."

"Hopefully it will save lives," he added.

The pair are well known for their fund-raising.

Last month, they presented three wheelchairs to the hospital's emergency department after raising the money for two and paying for the third themselves.

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