A generous musician who was treated at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital as a youngster has hit the right note by penning a Christmas song to help poorly patients.
Robert Michael Thompson, 68, who lives near Bakewell, was taken to the hospital in the mid 1940s with digestional condition Pyloric Stenosis and underwent life-saving surgery.
He said: “I was operated on by Dr Little who saved my life and I am obviously very grateful and would like to say thank you in some way.”
Mr Thompson has issued a CD in aid of the Find a Cure for Martha campaign by Kidney Research UK as a way of saying thanks for the help he received at the Sheffield hospital.
The song is called Would you believe Father Christmas has a twin?.
He added: “I hope to raise £1,000 or possibly more if we’re lucky.
“I wrote the words and the music to the song which was recorded at Made to Fly Recording Studio in Sheffield.”
As a youngster, Mr Thompson had been unable to eat properly and claimed his GP had not diagnosed his condition.
But his mother pursued the matter with a chemist who suggested he could have been suffering with Pyloric Stenosis, according to Mr Thompson.
Pyloric Stenosis causes a blockage of food to the stomach and causes vomiting.
He was then admitted to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital during a terrible winter between 1946 and 47 when the snowfall was very deep and pavements were impassable.
The CD is available for sale at the hospital’s charity shop and at Musik and More, at Buxton, Wavelength Music, at Sheffield, and Music Junkee, at Sheffield.