The Microgaming Health and Care Trust has donated £5,000 to equip the Hospice Isle of Man’s new minibus with everything that it needs for wheelchair use.
The Hospice’s minibus is used on a daily basis for patient care, mainly to transport patients in and out of The Hospice’s Scholl Centre day unit.
It is also used to transport patients to and from Hospice appointments, for therapy services such as aromatherapy.
The Hospice’s new minibus is now equipped with a wheelchair lift, oxygen holders and a manual side step to facilitate easier access into the vehicle. The new minibus has been in use since July, and is already benefiting many Hospice patients and their families.
Jackie Raleigh, service support manager at the Hospice, said: ‘The Hospice’s minibus is a vital component to the services that we provide. This donation allows us to offer this important service to all patients, irrespective of their level of ability. We’d like to thank the Microgaming Health and Care Trust for their generous donation.’
The donation was made to the Hospice following a recommendation from the Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust. Established in 1998, the Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust works with the Hospice to facilitate Hospice at Home services in the Isle of Man.
The main aim of Hospice at Home is to provide care and support for those patients who have chosen to remain at home; a new minibus with wheelchair accessibility certainly helps to deliver these services.
Trevor Kirk, trustee of the Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust, said: ‘Having worked with the Hospice for many years, we recognised how important it was to have a minibus which was wheelchair accessible; this is why we recommended that the Hospice seek funding for this. We are so pleased that the Microgaming Health and Care Trust was able to support this project; we thank them for their kind donation.’
Dr Roy Clague, trustee of the Microgaming Health and Care Trust, said: ‘The Hospice is a fantastic local charity that provides invaluable services to the island. Naturally we are delighted to be able to support them. This donation will ensure that all their patients can be transported safely, with ease; it will make a real difference to the local community.’
Pictured left to right: Dr Roy Clague, Microgaming Health and Care Trust, Christine Bloomer, Community Services Manager for Hospice Isle of Man, Trevor Kirk, Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust, and Dr John Wardle, Microgaming Health and Care Trust.