A former patient donated thousands of ice-creams to hospital workers who treated him last month following a cycling accident.

Ibrahim Najafi was taken to The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, on May 8 and was treated by staff at the cardiothoracic ward for three days.

Mr Najafi is the CEO of Froneri Ice Cream and donated a freezer full of frozen treats to say thank you to the staff who treated him after his accident.

Froneri Ice Cream have been donating gifts to numerous hospitals and ambulance services across the country since the coronavirus outbreak in March.  Mr Najafi and his team are aiming to continue their donations to hospital staff in the future.

Mr Najafi said: “I was blown away by how wonderful the team on Ward 32 were and how they looked after me during these challenging times,” he said.

“I wanted to say thank you by putting a smile on their faces so I donated the freezer and filled it with some of our ice creams.”

The ice-cream was a welcome treat for staff at The James Cook University Hospital. Maria Stokes, Ward 32 manager, said: “The ice creams have been amazing. The staff are so appreciative and it has really given them a boost.”

Froneri is a global company based in Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire. They were founded in 1932 and now operate in over 20 countries.