Plea to find a new home for hoists

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By ASHA ME­HTA

A WOMAN is search­ing for a new home for two med­i­cal hoists which changed her dis­abled mother’s life.

Lisa Whitwell is keen to find some­one who can make use of the ceil­ing lifts, which cost £7,000, and wants to do­nate them for free.

They were a boost for her mother Jean Franklin (75), who had mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis and used a wheel­chair, be­cause they gave her more free­dom around her bun­ga­low in Whit­tle­sey.

It also meant her fa­ther Dick (87) did not have to strug­gle to lift her. But af­ter her mum’s death two years ago fol­lowed by her fa­ther’s in Fe­bru­ary, Lisa has had lit­tle luck try­ing to find some­one to take them off her hands.

She has con­tacted the au­thor­ites but de­spite the de­vices be­ing in good work­ing or­der, she was told they had no use for them.

Lisa (47) from Sta­tion Road, Whit­tle­sey, has now ap­pealed through The Evening Tele­graph for any­one who wants them to get in touch.

She said: “I don’t need them any­more so I want to give them away to some­one who needs them.

“They were mar­vel­lous for my mum, who was in a wheel­chair.

“They changed her life. Hav­ing them there meant dad didn’t have to lift her, which was hard for him as he was in his 80s.

“And the car­ers couldn’t lift her be­cause of their backs.

“They would put a sling round her and at the press of a but­ton, the hoists would life her up in the air and take her to her bed or chair.”

Lisa added: “The coun­cil and so­cial ser­vices said they couldn’t take them and one per­son ad­vised me to give them away, while an­other said I should just throw them in a skip.

“But it’s such a waste of money to throw them away. I have all the re­ceipts and there is no health and safety is­sue.”

She added: “There has to be some­one who can make use of them.”

Hoists are de­signed to give peo­ple in­de­pen­dence and dig­nity in their home.

Fam­i­lies are pro­vided with a safe way to move their rel­a­tive in the home set­ting rather than an in­sti­tu­tional set­ting.

Call Lisa on 01733 205380 if you would like them.

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