St Giles Walsall Hospice purchases new equipment using donation from Midcounties Co-operative

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A Walsall hospice has purchased new equipment for its patients, thanks to a £3,300 donation from The Midcounties Co-operative.

Colleagues, customers and members from the Society’s offices and sites in Walsall held numerous events to fund the purchase of a ‘Turn and Tilt’ bed for St Giles Walsall Hospice, including cake sales, a pumpkin carving competition and Christmas fayres. Walsall funeral colleagues helped fundraise by producing a CD which has been on sale in branches throughout the area.

This is the first bed of its kind for the hospice, and its mechanism alleviates pressure on vulnerable areas of the body and reduces the friction caused by long periods of bed rest.

St Giles Walsall Hospice offers specialist care for patients with cancer and other serious illnesses, as well as providing support for their families and helpers.

The donation is part of The Midcounties Co-operative’s ongoing commitment to its local community, and the Society has been a long-term supporter of the hospice.

Sharon White, community fundraising manager at St Giles Walsall Hospice, said: “We would like to thank The Midcounties Co-operative’s colleagues and customers for their support. The purchase of the bed will help to reduce the levels of discomfort experienced by our patients suffering with pressure ulcers, and we are looking forward to having it installed.”

Tarra Simmons, deputy group general manager for Co-operative Social Responsibility at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “We are passionate about giving back to the communities where we operate, and the support from our customers and colleagues in the Walsall area has been tremendous in helping provide St Giles Walsall Hospice with this vital piece of equipment to make their patients more comfortable.”