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Health Trust continues to Support Local Charity

Posted on the 5th November 2015

A service at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has raised further funds to support Dogs for Good through recycling old equipment. 

The Community Equipment Resource Service (CERS), based in Leyland, lends equipment patients in Chorley, South Ribble, Preston and West Lancashire to either recover in their homes following discharge from hospital or to help avoid admittance to hospital altogether.

The team then collects this equipment 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. Since the scheme started the Trust has issued a total of £3,000 to Dogs for Good. The most recent cheque for £1,000, was presented to the charity at the end of October by the Trust"s Chair Derek Brown and the money will be used to sponsor a therapy puppy. 

The team chose the Dogs for Good charity with service users because of 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:

"As a Trust we are encouraged to be innovative and this is what that"s all about. We were thrilled when we first presented a cheque to Dogs for Good, so to have been able to do this again is excellent and a great example of how an idea has turned into something really beneficial. The money will go towards the sponsorship of a therapy puppy and will provide assistance with their training and upkeep. The dogs provide invaluable help 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 Good said:

"I really enjoyed meeting Derek and catching up with the rest of the team, their support and the money they have donated is invaluable to our work. The cheque has gone towards the costs associated with a puppy, which makes three new puppies so far. Our assistance dogs really do change lives of people and communities who live with challenged every day and the donations from CERS enable us to support them."

The equipment recycled includes pressure relieving mattresses, hoists and nebulisers and is provided to enable patients to either recover in their homes following discharge from hospital or to help avoid admittance to hospital altogether.

For more information about Dogs for Good please visit their website www.dogsforgood.org. To find out more about the CERS team, please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/CERS