Ring gifted here in 1961 still treasured

Ring

LETTER

I was a member of the crew of the submarine HMS Trump when we visited Gisborne in December 1961. During that visit, which I remember very well, we spent a fair amount of time in the children’s ward of your local hospital. There is no doubt everyone concerned derived an enormous amount of pleasure during that time. I became quite friendly with a young Maori patient who had been in the ward for some considerable time.

At the end of our visit to Gisborne, when the submarine was preparing to leave, I was summoned up on to the jetty, to be greeted by this self-same young boy in a wheelchair accompanied by two nurses. I was informed that this was his first trip out of the hospital during his recovery period. Anyway, we were chatting away and he went to give me something which I was about to politely refuse when one of the nurses advised that I should accept. It was a small gold ring, badly misshapen.

This ring is now in the possession of our four-year-old granddaughter, having been brought back to its original condition by our son. I would dearly love to discover that the “little boy” who gave me that ring, and who must now be in his 60s, knows that this ring (pictured) is still a very-much treasured item.

Lewis Whittaker

Lancing, West Sussex, UK

I was a member of the crew of the submarine HMS Trump when we visited Gisborne in December 1961. During that visit, which I remember very well, we spent a fair amount of time in the children’s ward of your local hospital. There is no doubt everyone concerned derived an enormous amount of pleasure during that time. I became quite friendly with a young Maori patient who had been in the ward for some considerable time.

At the end of our visit to Gisborne, when the submarine was preparing to leave, I was summoned up on to the jetty, to be greeted by this self-same young boy in a wheelchair accompanied by two nurses. I was informed that this was his first trip out of the hospital during his recovery period. Anyway, we were chatting away and he went to give me something which I was about to politely refuse when one of the nurses advised that I should accept. It was a small gold ring, badly misshapen.

This ring is now in the possession of our four-year-old granddaughter, having been brought back to its original condition by our son. I would dearly love to discover that the “little boy” who gave me that ring, and who must now be in his 60s, knows that this ring (pictured) is still a very-much treasured item.

Lewis Whittaker

Lancing, West Sussex, UK

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