THE family of a former patient treated at Salisbury District Hospital who left a legacy to benefit the intensive care unit have been finding out what difference it has made to patients and staff.

Janet Hunt (nee Brady), who sadly passed away in 2012, left her farmhouse near Gillingham to the hospital.

She made the request that the proceeds from the sale of her house be used to benefit patients on the hospital's Radnor Intensive Care Unit, where she had been treated as a patient.

Mrs Hunt's sister Shirley Pearce visited the ward and was able to see first hand how the legacy, which was used for the refurbishment and expansion of the unit, has benefited patients and staff.

She hopes to encourage others to consider leaving a legacy to the hospital.

"It is somewhere for the whole of the district not just for the people of Salisbury," added Mrs Pearce. "We were happy the money was left to the hospital for other people to benefit. They have used the money well."

She said: "My sister left the legacy because it was her philosophy that you look after the people who look after you."

To find out about how to leave a legacy to Salisbury District Hospital contact Dave Cates at the Stars Appeal on 01722 429005.