The Community Equipment Resource Service (CERS) based in Leyland provides loan equipment to patients in the Chorley, South Ribble, Preston and West Lancashire areas.
The equipment, such as beds, pressure relieving mattresses, hoists and nebulisers is provided to enable patients to either recover in their homes following discharge from hospital or to help avoid admittance to hospital altogether. The service collects equipment from service user’s families when it is no longer required. A scheme was initiated that involved the drivers collecting both the larger items as well as much smaller pieces of equipment such as walking frames which are then sold as scrap metal. The team wanted to do something that would benefit the community, so a charitable account was set up to save this money. The team recently issued a cheque for £2,000 to their chosen charity, Dogs for the Disabled.
The team spoke with several service users regarding possible charities and Dogs for the Disabled was chosen for the work they do providing support for people living with a disability. The charity works to provide solutions to help people with a wide variety of different disabilities and conditions; from assistance dogs helping children and adults with physical disabilities and families with a child with autism, to pet dog autism workshops, and innovative new projects working in schools and residential care settings.
Viv Shaw, CERS Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We realised that we had some small items of equipment that required disposing of and wanted a way to utilise this in a more productive way. The team wanted to do something positive for a charity and so we decided that anything that could be sold for scrap was a great way to generate income. It has taken some time to get the first instalment and we are delighted to have been able to present a cheque to Dogs for the Disabled. The money will go towards the sponsorship of a dog and will provide assistance with their training and upkeep. The dogs provide an invaluable source of assistance and companionship for families and we are so pleased to be able to help this wonderful charity.”
Alix Davies, Regional Fundraiser – North West for Dogs for the Disabled said:
“It has been such a delight working with Jo and all of the team at CERS and I have been inspired by their passion in wanting to help the local community. The money they have donated so far is invaluable to our work and has gone towards the costs of two puppies that are both being placed in the North West with voluntary Puppy Socialisers. Our assistance dogs really do change lives, and the donation from CERS will enable us to support more people who face a lifetime of challenges.”
For more information about Dogs for the Disabled please visit their website www.dogsforthedisabled.org. To find out more about the CERS team, please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/CERS