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May 2015

Sodbury Sportive helps to provide life support for two local charities

The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury, organisers of the Sodbury Sportive, today announced its support for two locally based Charities with substantial donations made towards essential equipment.  The charities are the MS Therapy Centre in Bradley Stoke and the Bristol based Great Western Air Ambulance Charity which have both received funding to purchase vital apparatus.

A donation of £1865 enabled the Therapy Centre to purchase physiotherapy equipment which comprised a Romedic Return with Turn belt used to move patients with severe mobility disabilities to the various items of equipment needed for their treatment; hoisting slings and soft rolls used to support limbs during treatment.    

‘Such a donation is always very welcome and will undoubtedly make a huge difference to the lives of people attending our centre for treatment’ said Terri McDonald, Head of Funding at The West of England Therapy Centre.

The Centre provides treatments and therapies to people living with Multiple Sclerosis. They are the only center of its kind in the area and support people from across Bristol, Somerset, North Somerset, Bath & NE Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.

The Centre provides a range of treatments and therapies for people living with MS, including physiotherapy, oxygen treatment, counseling, acupuncture, reflexology and aromatherapy.

Working with 13 other Rotary Clubs across Bristol and Gloucestershire the Chipping Sodbury Club raised sufficient funds to enable the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity to purchase a video laryngoscope costing £9863.

Laryngoscopy is a medical procedure that is used to obtain a view of the vocal folds and the glottis. Laryngoscopy may be performed to facilitate tracheal intubation during general anesthesia or cardiopulmonary resuscitation or for procedures on the larynx or other parts of the upper tracheobronchial tree.

Video laryngoscopes provide a consistently clear, real-time view of the airway and tube placement, enabling quick intubation.

John Christensen, the Chief Executive of GWAA said ‘we are so thankful for the generosity and kindness shown to us by the Rotary Clubs in District 1100, their donation has enabled our charity to purchase a vital piece of kit, our crew members are jumping for joy’.

Founded in 2008 the GWAA provide life saving emergency care to people who cannot be reached by road, or are in a state so critical that they require the specialist skills of their team at the scene of the accident.

‘Working with other Rotary Clubs in our district has clearly demonstrated that we are in a position to make a real difference to the lives of local people’ said John Hatherell, President of the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury.

Photograph: Terri McDonald (MS Therapy Centre) receives a cheque for £1,865 from Rotary President John Hatherell and Jacki Hebblethwaite Chair of Rotary Community Projects Committee.










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