THE £460,000 donation a former RAF officer bequeathed to the local hospital trust has been used to help a wide range of patients.
When Trevor Culpan died in 2004 it was his wish to leave money for the hospital where he had been treated many times.
He left £460,000 to the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust in the hope it would benefit patients for years to come.
Much of the money has been spent in the intensive care departments and maternity units, as well as on the general wards.
But the remainder of the money left by Mr Culpan, from Rastrick, has now been spent on specialist equipment to examine the eye.
His cousin Robert Booth said on behalf of the family: “Trevor was always appreciative of the care and treatment he received at the hospital.
“He was interested in new technology and we are pleased that so many people will benefit from the new equipment.”
Mr Culpan become an inspector at an engineering firm after leaving the RAF.
He was a former world champion harmonica player.
His bequest was one of the largest ever left to the hospital trust.
The money has so far benefited hundreds of patients needing treatment or care in the intensive care and maternity unit.
Hospital bosses have now invested the remainder of the money in a specialist imaging machine called the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT).
Stephen Spencer, consultant ophthalmologist at the NHS Trust, said: “People in Calderdale and Huddersfield will benefit from this relatively new, non-invasive way of examining the eye.
“Every effort was made to spend the money in accordance with Mr Culpan’s wishes and we are delighted to welcome his family here to [see it].”
The OCT is used to diagnose a range of eye diseases including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. It is also used in planning surgery to the retina.