Care vil­lage helps oth­ers get mo­bile

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

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

●● The 1st Hen­bury Girl Guides on their camp­ing week­end

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