QEH makes ‘Wheely Big Appeal’ for your help

A ‘Wheely Big Appeal’ has been launched to buy 30 new indoor wheelchairs for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The appeal, which is supported by popular local radio station KLFM 96.7, aims to raise £24,000 to double the number of wheelchairs used to transport patients around the hospital.

Featuring IV poles, calf / leg supports and ultra-sturdy footrests, the 30 new wheelchairs are specially designed to be easy to get in and out of and will benefit patients of all ages and conditions as they make their way to different locations in the hospital.Wheely Big Appeal - 2 Patients (1)

 

In addition to encouraging the local community to fundraise, individual persons, local companies, organisations and groups will be able to sponsor wheelchairs and have their name and logo displayed on the chair.  Sponsorship can be for a whole chair – £800, half of a chair or simply for one of the chair’s four wheels. Every donation counts!

A successful appeal three years ago saw an overwhelming public response with money for 30 wheelchairs being raised in just 10 months. With an increasing number of patients attending the hospital with mobility problems, it is hoped the new appeal will yield similar results.

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Laurence Morlaàs, Fundraising Executive said: “Our previous appeal was very successful and made such a big improvement to the experience of patients.

“As some of our older wheelchairs now need replacing as well as there being a growing demand for more by patients and porters, I am hoping that the local community – whether private individuals or businesses – pull together to help us once again. No donation is too small and the money raised by members of the public will go a long way to improving the experience of our wheelchair users such as children with broken bones, pregnant women or the elderly. These wheelchairs will be very useful to all types of patients and assist them in their journey around the hospital.  Please help us to provide a wheelchair to every patient who needs one.”

If you would like to show your support for the ‘Wheely Big Appeal’, you can host a fundraising event, give sponsorship from events in which you are involved, send a cheque payable to ‘Wheely Big Appeal’, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn, Gayton Road, King’s Lynn, PE30 4ET or donate to: www.justgiving.com/qehkl-wheelybigappeal .

For further information please contact, Laurence Morlaàs, Fundraising Executive, on 01553 613373 or email: laurence.morlaas@qehkl.nhs.uk .

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 Attached are some mock up photos of the wheelchairs in use.

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