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08 August 2019


Patients who fall can now be helped back up much more quickly and safely thanks to the Raizer Emergency Lifting Chair which has been donated to Southend University Hospital NHS Trust by life-long fundraisers, Maureen Townley and Linda Ansell.

The Raizer Emergency Lifting Chair which cost £3,370 is the world's first single-handed solution to lifting someone who has fallen. It is much more stable than traditional inflatable lifting cushions. The Raizer is ideal for transferring someone from the floor to a sitting or standing position safely which also reduces the risk of back injury to hospital staff.

The Raizer is made up of seven large parts: four legs, two backrest pieces, and the seat, which is assembled under the fallen person's knees. Once the backrest and legs are in place, a remote control gently raises the chair. The person will be raised with the chair, until they are in an upright seated position.

Maureen and Linda who both received MBEs in 2009 for their services to charity decided to purchase the Raizer Emergency Lifting Chair, following a fall by Maureen in May 2017, which resulted in a broken hip. 

Maureen and Linda said:"We have been fundraising for years. We started back in the mid-1980s selling bric-a-brac and knitted goods and in 30 years, we have raised more than £260,000 which has enabled the hospital to purchase a variety of equipment and improve patient facilities. We decided to purchase the Raizer this time around because Maureen knows from personal experience how useful this particular type of chair can be."

Community Fundraising Manager, Kayley Donovan, said:"We are always astounded by Maureen and Linda's exuberance and unwavering dedication to fundraising after all these years. Southend University Hospital is extremely lucky to continue benefitting from their efforts and we are thrilled with their recent purchase of the Raizer chair. Our grateful thanks to our charity champions Maureen and Linda, and their friends, families and keen knitters who assist behind the scenes."

The Falls Team said:"We would like to say a big thank you to Maureen and Linda for their continued fundraising efforts for the Trust. Unfortunately not all falls are preventable but the Raizer chair is a more comfortable and dignified way to help someone back to their feet after a fall."


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Photo caption: Falls Clinical Nurse Specialist, Kayleigh Brown with Maureen Townley MBE.