The family and friends of two young men who were involved in a fatal car accident in April have purchased a special postural chair costing £6,000 for the neurosurgical unit’s ward 24 high dependency unit (HDU) at James Cook.
Jonathan Chapman, 19, from Ingleby Arncliffe, Northallerton tragically died eight days after the accident and friend, John Noble, 20, and from Stokesley was left with head injuries and is being cared for on ward 24.
The wards dedicated staff provide a wide-range of healthcare expertise for adult inpatients who are admitted for both planned and emergency intervention including head injuries and other traumas, brain haemorrhage, brain tumours and surgical intervention for spinal injuries and abnormalities
Due to the nature of admissions and the wide range of surgical procedures performed, the ward has its own high dependency unit (HDU) staffed by specially trained nurses.
Jonathan was a member of Stokesley Young Farmers Club. Both families and the Young Farmers wanted to give something back in Jonathan’s memory, to benefit future patients with brain injuries.
Their fantastic efforts allowed the ward to buy the chair, which is mobile and can be moved into lots of different positions making it comfortable for patients and allowing them to sit for longer periods of time.
The special chair can also be laid flat allowing patients to transfer across to it. This means they don’t need to use a hoist which is less stressful for patients and helps the nursing staff. It will be used in intensive care and ward 24’s HDU for patients struggling with mobility and adapts to their needs.
The families and Young Farmers decided to help by buying a chair after learning from staff how the equipment really benefits their patients.
Stokesley Young Farmers Club’s tractor run and barbecue in July was held to remember Jonathan and also help John while he is in hospital. The 112 tractor convoy left Maltby Grange Farm, near Hilton and headed towards Seamer through Great Ayton to Chop Gate and Carlton Bank before returning to Maltby where the fundraising continued at the barbecue.
Jonathan was a vintage tractor enthusiast who had been busy building his own tractor, sadly completing it the day before the accident.
Despite have only about 30 members, the group raised lots of money at the very successful event. A special thank you to Young Farmer Alicia Martin who really helped to pull the event together and make it the success it was.
Both families generously donated the rest, allowing the ward to buy the chair. And both The Chapmans and The Nobles are very grateful to the Young Farmers praising the incredible support that has helped them get by day-to-day.
Ruth Hodgson, neurosurgical high dependency unit sister, said: “We would like to thank Stokesley Young Farmers and the family and friends of Jonathan Chapman and John Noble for their very generous donation. The new chair will benefit future patients allowing them to be more comfortable and relaxed while they are in hospital.”
Brian Noble, John’s father, said: “John really enjoys using the chair and even watched a recent England game in it. He also went outside for the first time since the accident recently, something he couldn’t have done easily without the chair.”
“We would like to thank the staff for the wonderful care John receives day-in day- out from the doctors and nurses who work on the ward. They always give 100% and he will forever be in their debt. It opens your eyes to just how amazing the service the NHS provides when you need it most and how hard they work.”
Brian would like to say a special thank you to the suppliers of Brian Noble Fencing for donating towards the chair and also to his office manager, Lesley James, for making all of the phone calls.
Jonathan’s family, dad Gordon Chapman, mum Pam and sister Fiona Chapman, would like to thank Joe Marshall for the generous bar proceeds from his 21st birthday and everyone who kindly donated at events throughout the summer where Jonathan’s tractor was on display.
Also to Russell’s Farm Machinery Ltd where Jonathan was an agricultural engineer for all their help and support.