Mayor Noel’s Town Council award helps Prospect Outreach at Savernake take the strain

Written by Neil Goodwin on .

Mayor Cllr Noel Barrett-Morton inflating the new lifting cushion with assistance from Zoe O'Reilly, Outreach Centre Co-ordinator for Prospect Hospice at Savernake HospitalMayor Cllr Noel Barrett-Morton inflating the new lifting cushion with assistance from Zoe O'Reilly, Outreach Centre Co-ordinator for Prospect Hospice at Savernake HospitalThis morning, Friday 9 December, Marlborough's Mayor, Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton visited the Prospect Outreach Centre in Savernake Hospital to present a cheque for £2,040 that is being used to purchase a new lifting cushion device, enabling a person to be lifted safely from the floor to the sitting position by just one operator.

The lifting cushion is a compact and lightweight inflatable device but will lift heavier people, and is designed to raise someone from lying on the floor to asupported sitting position.  Across a year it is estimated that the cushion will benefit about 100 people.

Prospect is a local registered charity caring and supporting people who are dying and those grieving.  In the last year, 6,370 patients and family members needing care following diagnosis of a life-limiting illness were cared for.  All services are free of charge to patients and families.  Earlier in the year, Councillors visited the new Centre to learn more about the work of Prospect which highlighted the need for such a device.

“I’d like to extend our thanks to Marlborough Town Council for the grant for this piece of lifting equipment”  said Zoe O’Reilly, Outreach Centre Co-ordinator for Prospect Hospice at Savernake Hospital.  “It will be a valuable resource in the Outreach Centre should any of our patients or visitors fall and we’ll be able to help them up in a dignified manner.” she added.

“This is a particularly important and worthwhile cause, and I’m delighted to be seeing the end product in the shape of this new equipment which has been enabled by a grant from Marlborough Town Council” said the Mayor, “And in the words of a well-known supermarket, ‘every little helps’” he added.

To find out more about Prospect Hospice click here to access their web site.

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