From the archives
Addenbrooke's Hospital opened thanks to £4,676 left in the Will of Dr John Addenbrooke, Fellow of St Catherine's College, University of Cambridge, to 'hire and fit up, purchase or erect a small, physical hospital in the town of Cambridge for poor people'.
Mr John Bowtell, bookseller and stationer of St. Michael's Parish, Cambridge left a gift in his Will of £7,000 (£237,720 today) for ‘enlarging the said hospital if necessary, for the purpose of receiving persons of other descriptions than those of sick patients such as poor married women during their confinement, or otherwise, as they shall see fit and advisable’.
Banker, Lord Alexander Peckover from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire donated £1,000 (roughly £45,000 today) for building an operating theatre. He also had a nurses’ home named after him.
To be continued...