29th September 2015

Wheelchair will make life more comfortable for patients

Life will be more comfortable for patients at St Richard’s Hospice following the donation of a special wheelchair.

The Paycare Charity Trust, based in Wolverhampton, has donated the £1,750 Invacare Rea Azalea Transit Wheelchair to the Worcester-based hospice.

June Patel, St Richard’s Care Director said, “We are very grateful for the gift of this chair which will make a difference to our patients. The chair can recline but still stays at a 90 degree angle at the hip which is important. It’s fitted with a shaped and padded back, a pressure relieving cushion and has the optional additions of a head and side supports. The chair will give patients who need it the chance to comfortably move out of their rooms in the In-patient Unit to other areas of the hospice and our wonderful grounds.”

David Clegg, Chairman of Paycare Charity Trust, said “Paycare always aim to make a difference with any grant that they give and it is very apparent the difference that this chair will have on the lives of the patients who use it.”

The Paycare Charity Trust is celebrating its 50th year and has granted over £2m during this time for equipment and amenities to help treatment and recovery of patients.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.

Caption: Linda Hampton shows the new wheelchair to (left)Mr Eric Booth, Paycare Trustee, centre, Marilyn Peachey of St Richard’s Hospice, and right, Mr David Clegg, Chairman of the Paycare Trust