Improving the health and well-being
of people living in East Yorkshire
and Northern Lincolnshire
British Red Cross – the Trustees have awarded £2000 for the Wheelchair Loan Service based in Hull. The Red Cross provides vital wheelchair loans across East Yorkshire to people who would otherwise have no means of mobility. When it is time to go home after a spell in hospital, the National Health Service will provide crutches to help an individual get around. This can be painful and difficult. For a child, a parent or a grandparent recovering from an illness or an accident, this can mean a period of great difficulty in which leaving the house or simply moving around the house is impossible. Whilst the NHS is unable to provide wheelchairs on a short term basis, the Red Cross can step in to provide a service to people in desperate need of a wheelchair when leaving hospital. The Wheelchair Loans Services, based on Kingston Street, Hull, provides much-needed relief to individuals suffering from mobility problems. Referrals are received from GPs and hospitals to the service, however, the British Red Cross are frequently limited in the provision of wheelchairs due to aging stock and increased demand; as a result many people in Hull have faced a wait before they can help. The donation of £2,000 from Help for Health will provide 10 wheelchairs which will be put to use in the City of Hull, providing a potentially life-changing service. All the wheelchairs are bought with donations and the British Red Cross is replacing old and worn out equipment to help to give those that rely on the service something safe and usable.