Weston Hospicecare is delighted to be the recipient of a grant from the Axentis Michael Charitable Trust for the purchase of two beach wheelchairs. Mrs Nitsa Michael and Ms Sophie Michael, representing the Trust, will be formally handing over the beach wheelchairs to the hospice on Wednesday, 18th May at 12.30pm.
The beach wheelchairs will help hospice patients use the nearby beaches at Uphill and Weston-super-Mare and spend time outdoors with their family and friends. As each wheelchair comes with four low-pressure all-terrain balloon wheels, they are easy to push along the sand, meaning that patients who need the support of a wheelchair will be able to go on to the beach, something that is very difficult in a conventional wheelchair.
Sophia Michael of the Axentis Michael Charitable Trust said:
“We are always pleased to be able to support the wonderful work that Weston Hospicecare provides for local people and their families. My father, whom the charity was named after, was cared for by the team at the hospice, and we will always be grateful for their care and compassion. Being part of this coastal community, it is great to be able to provide equipment that means that hospice patients will be able to access and enjoy the local seaside with their families one last time.”
John Bailey, director of patient care at Weston Hospicecare, said:
“We try to help our patients and their families get the most out of the time that they have left. We often get asked to help patients visit the beach and the sea, and sometimes it is for the last time. With the lovely sands of Uphill and Weston beaches on our doorstep, it is terrific to be able to offer a way for patients who have limited mobility to get onto the beach, helping create some special memories for them and their families.”
Liz Turner, Weston Hospicecare’s chief executive, said
“We are very grateful to the Axentis Michael Charitable Trust for its generous support for the hospice and for this grant which will bring a great deal of pleasure to our patients.”
The Axentis Michael Charitable Trust started as a small charity memorial to remember the life of local hotelier Axentis Michael, who died in 2003. The charity raises and distributes funds to worthy causes in the local area and has raised and distributed more than half a million pounds since it was established.