Written by Editorial Team, DonateToday
Published: Monday, 5th March 2018

The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity has been helping patients old and young back to health thanks to your fundraising

The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity has provided a number of services to its beneficiaries recently, benefitting both adults and children.

20 Years

Now established over more than 20 long and successful years, the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity raises money to improve patient care and experience at Rotherham Hospital and in the community.

It also has two appeals: The Purple Butterfly Appeal (which supports end-of-life care) and Dr Ted, its children’s appeal.

Empowered

Aged 79, Malcolm Jackson suffered two separate heart attacks and undergoing surgery to treat arthritis in his left knee, which had turned septic. 

Malcolm spent four weeks in intensive care and a further four on a surgical ward, before being transferred to Oakwood Community Unit – run by The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust – to begin his recovery.

The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity funded hundreds of pounds worth of physiotherapy equipment to help patients like Malcolm do strengthening exercises, both during specialist physiotherapy sessions and in their own time.

‘When I came to Oakwood, I was in a pretty bad way,’ Malcolm admits. ‘I couldn’t pull myself up, lift my foot or roll over in bed but the exercises, equipment and encouragement from the physiotherapists has really helped. 

‘I’m really proud of myself for how far I’ve come,’ he enthuses. ‘I’m a fighter and always determined to give the exercises a go. Once I get home, I’ll use tin cans instead!’

Emily Patrick is a Senior Physiotherapist at Oakwood and is full of praise for the help the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity has given to the unit. ‘Having equipment like this funded by the charity is a real asset because we can give patients exercise plans to follow in their own time.

Malcolm has been doing strengthening exercises using equipment funded by the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity

‘It’s great to see how empowered they feel to use the equipment to get better, stronger with the goal of being able to regain their independence and go home.’

Benefits

Park Rehabilitation Centre generally caters for patients recovering from musculoskeletal injuries or a stroke – new equipment funded by the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity means rescues from the centre’s pool will be made much more quickly and easily.

The centre's new pool extraction board will replace a much older model and means swimmers who become unwell while in the rehabilitation centre's hydrotherapy pool can be removed as quickly as possible.

‘This equipment is absolutely essential for us if someone feels poorly, collapses or falls unconscious while in the pool,’ said Adam Hurrell, Centre Coordinator. ‘The board’s new design means the safety straps are more durable, it’s lighter and easier to carry so we can get people out of the water quickly, instead of having to wait for more staff to help or for paramedics to arrive.

‘We know the benefits swimming can have on people’s health and wellbeing, particularly for those who are recovering from illnesses or injuries which require gentle exercise,’ he continued, ‘So we’re really proud to be able to make it as safe as possible.’

"It's such a good thing that people raise money for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, so funds can be spent on things which really make a difference."

Kayley Benham

Make A Difference

Everyone knows how daunting a visit to hospital can be, especially for a very young patient. Fortunately, the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity has recently been able to provide around £500 worth of toys to the hospital to provide comfort to young children visiting.

Mini-walkers, fire engines, police cars, mini farmyard animals, an activity table and even table football equipment has been provided through funds from the charity.

‘Having such lovely toys is really great because it makes visiting the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre much easier,’ said Kayley Benham who visited the hospital last year with her one-year-old daughter Pippa.

‘It’s such a good thing that people raise money for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, so funds can be spent on things like this which really make a difference to patients and their families.’