Foundation grant pays for vital equipment

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Children at Bluebell Wood Hospice will be able to take part in more activities thanks to a helping hand from Santander.

The Children’s Hospice in North Anston has been handed a £5,000 grant from the Santander Foundation to help pay for a piece of viatl equipment called an Acheeva bed.

The grant has been provided via the Foundation’s Community Plus initiative which provides grants of up to £5,000 for projects which help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The scheme is open to small local charities or local projects of national charities with funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials.

Bluebell Wood were nominated for the grant by a local resident who lives opposite the Tickhill branch of Santander.

Due to the complex medical needs of lots of the children at the hospice, most are unable to sit in their wheelchairs or other forms of seating for long periods and need a change of position.

This would mean that the children would have to stay on their beds in their rooms for long periods of time.

The Acheeva bed however, enables the children to stay in bed but to be in a well-supported lying position and still be able to move around as it tilts and profiles and as a whole is height adjustable.

This enables the child to be included in everything from painting in the art room to listening to a story in the garden.

Michelle Newton at Santander’s Tickhill branch said: “Community Plus allows our staff and customers to nominate local charities that are most in need of assistance.

“We are delighted to be supporting Bluebell Wood and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”