Members of a Teesside club have rallied round to help heart patients at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
Beechwood and Easterside Club president Nicky Fairless had experienced the hospital’s excellent cardiology services previously, having been through a quadruple heart by-pass operation three years ago. While recuperating in the hospital wards Nicky admired the quality of nursing care given to him and fellow patients, but noticed there were items that would help staff enhance this service further.
He said: “After having a heart attack three years ago, I was in here for about four weeks. I was on three different wards and the staff were excellent, absolutely brilliant. I did notice though that staff were having to share equipment between the wards and I told the club I wanted to do something for the heart wards.”
Members of the club, which is only a short distance from the hospital, dug deep and through 2015 managed to raise over £14,000. With the funds, and through the South Cleveland Heart Fund, they we able to buy two ‘Sara Plus’ standing aids.
Used in rehabilitation work, they broaden the range of patients that can enjoy the benefits of providing balance, stepping and walking training while under the guidance of physiotherapists.
Mick Smith, secretary of the club, said: “This is the largest donation the club has been able to do so far thanks to the generosity of the members who contributed. The members all know someone who has been on the wards and they raised the money through events such as a sponsored a coast-to-coast bike ride, regular fundraising evenings, tombolas, and even a sky-dive!”
Dr Adrian Davies, chairman of South Cleveland Heart Fund, added: “We were delighted to be able to help make this project a reality. It’s wonderful that the club members have been so generous and help keep the department up-to-date with this great piece of rehabilitation kit.”