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Friends help get Rugby patients walking again

Amy Southall and Chetna Khanna, physiotherapists at St Cross, show how patients can bear their weight on arm rests. Photo by Bob Mercer.

Amy Southall and Chetna Khanna, physiotherapists at St Cross, show how patients can bear their weight on arm rests. Photo by Bob Mercer.

The Friends of St Cross has donated mobility equipment to the hospital to help people get back on their feet after suffering from a stroke.

Patients can put their weight on to the Atlas frame walkers’ arm rests and gradually build up their walking strength.

The frames can also be used by people recovering from operations who may not be able to put weight on one of their legs and may initially be unable to use crutches or a walking frame.

The Friends of St Cross is making good progress with its Diamond Jubilee Appeal and communications officer, Willy Goldschmidt, said the charity will continue to make equipment donations alongside its fundraising activities.

He said: “Providing we continue to receive this sort of support from the wonderful people of Rugby, we are confident we shall reach our initial target for the phlebotomy project and that we can continue to make donations such as the Atlas frame and others recently reported.

“Thank you to everyone who is supporting us.”

The appeal has raised £16,213 so far.

Last month, collecting tubes were placed in the Outpatient and Phlebotomy units and visitors were asked to fill them with five pence coins.

So far the Friends has banked 3,248 five pence coins which was combined with other coin and note donations from the tubes to raise £500.

Willy Goldschmidt of the Friends said: “The collecting tubes are proving to be a great way for everyone to support the appeal and another £500 shows just how much the community has engaged with the appeal.

“The five pence scheme is a simple way to help us continue to make a difference and we value every penny we receive.

“We are starting to hear about people’s plans for coffee mornings and sponsored events and will publicise these on our website and Facebook page as details are confirmed.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all who have put money in our collecting tubes.”

The appeal has also received numerous donations through its website and many have been in memory of a relative or close friend.

For more information about the Diamond Jubilee Appeal and to donate, visit www.fsx.org.uk.

 

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