Burnham-On-Sea group raises money for new
members of the Burnham-On-Sea
branch of Moose International have donated two new wheelchairs
to Weston Hospital's Quantock Rehabilitation unit.
It comes after lodge member Chris Harriss wife Rita was
undergoing long-term treatment at Weston Hospital earlier
in the year and,
during a walk around the grounds, Chris stumbled upon a store
of broken-down wheelchairs.
On further enquiries with the rehabilitation unit, he discovered
that wheelchairs were constantly wearing out, and the badly broken
ones were stored, for the use of spare parts.
When Chris became lodge Governor during April of this year, he
had already elected to nominate this cause as one of his Governors
charities. With the help from the proceeds of the Governors
barbecue and some additional fund-raising he would have been able
to purchase the unit a brand-new wheelchair.
As it turned out, there was enough money to purchase two wheelchairs,
and the items were presented at the latest lodge meeting to representatives
of Quantock Rehabilitation Unit.
Chris said: "I feel this is one small way to say thank you
to all the staff and helpers at the unit, who looked after Rita
so well when she was undergoing treatment."
The photo shows Dr Ruth Roberts, Katherine Watts, Lodge Governor
Chris Harris, Nikki Mansell, Fiona Henchie, Maureen Rennolds,
and Sarah Woolland. Rita Harris is in the front with the donated
wheelchairs on either side of her.