28/06/2014

Charity on the road thanks to donation

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A charity that specialises in providing support and care for disabled people in Sheffield has received a donation from not for profit health insurer Westfield Health.

The Sheffield branch of national charity Leonard Cheshire Disability has been awarded £20,000 to help with the care and work they do for disabled people in the Sheffield City region. The charity, whose Sheffield branch is based in Totley, support hundreds of people in Sheffield and its surrounding areas who have physical and learning disabilities.

The extra funding boost from Westfield Health will be used to provide a specialist bus that will take people on trips and holidays they might not have got the chance to go on before.

The bus will enable three wheelchair users and their carers to board. It boasts a lift, which will make for a comfortable experience for its users.

Gwen Webster, service manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: “As a charity we heavily rely on raising money to support people in lots of ways, so we are very grateful to Westfield Health for their generosity. Their extra help will benefit and improve the lives of so many. It’s really exciting to have the new bus and we can’t wait to use it!”

The charity offers an ‘at home service’ which helps people to live independently in their own homes. They care for people of all ages with differing needs, including older people and people with disabilities.

Graham Moore, Chairman of Westfield Health, said: “We’re really delighted to donate this money to Leonard Cheshire Disability as we can see the direct impact the new bus will have and how it will help improve the lives of those who use it.

"We hope that everyone enjoys the new bus and gets to experience many days out and holidays by travelling on it!”

Since 1996, Westfield Health has donated more than £11 million to the NHS and medically related charities, in its bid to put something back into the community.

For more information or to support Leonard Cheshire Disability visit www.leonardcheshire.org/

Photo caption: (centre front) Westfield Health Chairman Graham Moore and Gwen Webster from Leonard Cheshire Disability join staff and residents to celebrate Westfield Health’s £20,000 donation for a new bus.

 

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