American war veteran donates $1,000 to Chad/King’s Mill Hospital’s MRI Scanner Appeal

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A FORMER American Army veteran who received treatment to war wounds at King’s Mill Hospital has pledged $1,000 to Chad’s life-changing MRI Scanner Appeal.

Lewis Boggs (88) donated the cash, which converts to around £620, as a thankyou to the hospital, which he says will ‘forever hold a special place in his heart’.

Mr Boggs suffered shrapnel wounds and nearly lost his feet to trenchfoot in Southern France during the winter of 1944 as Gen George Patton’s Third Army battled the Nazis for control of war-torn Europe.

The brave soldier was taken to King’s Mill Hospital, which was used as a US medical base at the time, for treatment where he was steadily nursed back to full health.

And during his memorable time in Mansfield, Lewis met the love of his life after a group of local carol singers were sent to the hospital to cheer up the recovering soldiers.

Lewis, who now lives in Virginia, married Marold Dunlop in December 1945 after a whirlwind relationship, before the happy couple moved back to America.

Brian Meakin, a former chairman of Sherwood Forest Hospital’s Foundation Trust who presented the gift on behalf of Lewis, said it was a wonderful gesture.

“He wanted to show that he is willing to donate to the MRI appeal and hopefully encourage other people to do the same,” said Brian.

“This is a fantastic gesture by Lewis. He is forever thankful for what the staff at King’s Mill Hospital did for him and still holds a special place in his heart for the hospital even after all these years.”

Lewis, who spent 28 years in the military, including tours of Korea and Vietnam, had three sons with Marold and spent 50 years together before she died in 1995.

Donations to our MRI appeal can be made by visiting Chad receptions, calling the customer services department at King’s Mill Hospital on 01623 672222, by visiting Sherwood Forest Hospital’s NHS Trust website, through Just Giving or by cheque.

All cheques should be made payable to Sherwood Forest Hospitals Charitable Funds.

See the Chad website for all the latest news on the MRI Scanner Appeal.

If you have a story or are doing a fundraising event for our MRI Scanner Appeal, get in touch with Stephen Thirkill on 01623 450292, by emailing or via Twitter @StephenThirkill.