A room in the former St Edmond's Hospital site will be named after the great-grandfather of a woman from Northampton who has desperately tried to keep her family name alive.

Jenny Cotton-Howells, aged 47, of Abington, Northampton, has won the recognition for George Cotton, a Northampton surgeon in the 18th century.

He helped many people at the Northampton Union Workhouse, the former St Edmond's Hospital site in Wellingborough Road, and was known to not eat until the poor had eaten first.

The Cotton name has been passed down through generations. Jenny's father was also George Cotton.

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