Van team help unit to move vi­tal equip­ment

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY -

RO­TARY club mem­bers stepped in to help trans­fer wheel­chairs and other aids from Mac­cles­field hos­pi­tal.

The stroke ward at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal closed after a re­design of ser­vices mean­ing that patients now go to Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal in­stead.

The day be­fore the unit was due to be shut, Diane Wat­son, from char­ity the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion con­tacted the mem­bers of Mac­cles­field Cas­tle Ro­tary Club to ask for help to trans­port equip­ment in­clud­ing elec­tric and man­ual wheel­chairs from the old unit to Step­ping Hill.

The kit was due to be trans­ferred by the hos­pi­tal, but the change of hands meant the staff we eager for the equip­ment to be re­moved as soon as pos­si­ble.

Five Ro­tar­i­ans jumped to ac­tion and hired a van to de­liver the kit it to its new home.

Alec John­ston, from the club, said: “We re­ceived a plea for help ask­ing if we could res­cue and re­move the equip­ment from the ward.

“We went into ac­tion im­me­di­ately tak­ing it to Step­ping Hill where ev­ery­thing will be able to be put to good use for years to come.

“It was Ro­tary in Ac­tion at its very best.”

The Ro­tary club meets at Mac­cles­field Golf Club on most Mon­days at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

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Keith Dob­son, Ray Kramer, Steve Smith and John Knight who helped to move the stroke unit

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