An uplifting gift for patients
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."
Notes to editors:
Photo caption: Falls Clinical Nurse Specialist, Kayleigh Brown
with Maureen Townley MBE.