THE family of a man who died after being blown over by a gust of wind have donated vital equipment to a hospital in his memory.

Jim Tattersall died last year while he was on holiday celebrating his emerald wedding anniversary with his wife, Ann.

The couple, from Brierfield, had been strolling along Mostyn Street in Llandudno on September 19, when a gust of wind from Storm Ali blew them both over.

Mrs Tattersall fell backwards and Mr Tattersall fell sideways, hitting his head on the pavement.

He died the following day after being taken to Glan Clwyd Hospital with a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.

Mr Tattersall’s family wanted to create a legacy in his memory at Airedale Hospital, where he had been a patient, and have now donated a CoaguChek INR machine in his name.

The machine works off a finger prick so that patients who come for treatment with the maxillofacial service don’t have to leave the clinic to get their clotting blood test and it also means they get an instant result.

Dr Zhenya Yankova, doctor in oral and maxillofacial surgery said: “This machine is like a blood glucose monitor, you just do a finger prick, put the blood on the strip and it measures it; it takes seconds.

“We are so pleased to have this machine, obviously it was very unfortunate circumstances that brought this to us, but we are very grateful for the family’s kindness.”

Mr Tattersall had told his family that he thought the department should have the machine, and with donations made at his funeral, they were able to honour that wish.

A presentation box was also made for the machine.

Mrs Tattersall said: “We are just happy it is being used; it was a legacy of my husband for this to happen here.

“The box is lovely too, we really appreciate it and it just finishes everything off.”