Care village helps others get mobile
STAFF and residents at a care home have celebrated the success of a fundraising campaign that has allowed them to donate refurbished wheelchairs to villages in South Africa.
The campaign was launched by Belong Macclesfield on Kennedy Avenue after exercise instructor Barbara Tait returned from a visit to the country.
She said she had been stunned by the lack of provision for the disabled and those who struggle to walk.
After successfully raising £530, the care homes purchased five wheelchairs in South Africa, which have been delivered to villages in Kwazulu-Natal.
Residents, staff and volunteers have also been busy restoring 12 more wheelchairs, nine aluminium walking frames and seven four-wheeled walkers.
This equipment will be delivered to South Africa later this year by Wales based charity Clynfyw Care Farm, which will transport them as part of its Wheelie Good Idea project.
Barbara said she was overwhelmed by the support.
She said: “The residents, customers and staff have been so amazing and really embraced this project. Everybody chipped in to help clean, mend and restore these chairs and it was such a thrill to see them loaded up to be sent to South Africa, where they’ll make such a difference to someone’s life.
“Our residents were keen to be involved in projects like this and offer something positive to other communities less fortunate than their own.”
Freda Dean, 91, who lives at the care home said: “Apart from the many benefits of living at Belong, I most enjoy being given the opportunity to be involved in projects like this one. It really makes you feel like you’re part of something worthwhile.”
●● Residents, staff and volunteers at Belong Macclesfield care village with some of wheelchairs they donated to the poor and disabled in South Africa
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