Fylde workers aid wheelchair fund

Springfields staff hand over the wheelchairs to  to the British Red Cross. (L-R) Jackie Humphreys, Westinghouse Springfields, Sarah Collins, British Red Cross Mobility Aids Co-ordinator, Alan Beauchamp, Westinghouse Springfields, & Alison Whittaker-Stewart, British Red Cross Senior Community Fundraiser for Cumbria & Lancashire
Springfields staff hand over the wheelchairs to to the British Red Cross. (L-R) Jackie Humphreys, Westinghouse Springfields, Sarah Collins, British Red Cross Mobility Aids Co-ordinator, Alan Beauchamp, Westinghouse Springfields, & Alison Whittaker-Stewart, British Red Cross Senior Community Fundraiser for Cumbria & Lancashire
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Fylde nuclear workers have chipped in to help keep a charity mobile.

Employees at the Westinghouse nuclear fuel manufacturing site at Springfields, Salwick, have helped the British Red Cross maintain a much-needed wheelchair service in Lancashire.

The Springfields Employees Medical Research and Charity Trust Fund has donated £1,500 to buy 10 wheelchairs for the British Red Cross.

Alison Whittaker-Stewart, British Red Cross senior community fund-raiser for Lancashire, said: “We have provided a Mobility Aids loan service in Lancashire for the past 15 years.

“Unfortunately, many of our wheelchairs are over 10-years-old and we desperately needed to replace them.”

The charity subsequently launched an appeal to raise £15,000 to buy 100 wheelchairs and the Springfields team willingly helped out by providing the 10 new wheelchairs.

The Mobility Aids loan service provides short-term loans of wheelchairs usually because of poor mobility and health, often resulting from an accident or medical 
condition for a few days, particularly to elderly people who may be attending an event, such as a wedding or funeral.

Ian Driver, secretary of the Springfields Employees Medical Research and Charity Trust Fund, said: “We were delighted to hear that the Red Cross recently met their target to fund 100 replacement wheelchairs.

“We are particularly pleased that we have been able to assist them in reaching their target and provide these 10 new wheelchairs, which will help them continue to provide their invaluable service throughout Lancashire.”

The Springfields charity trust fund does not make cash donations, but purchases equipment for medical 
organisations and charities in the Springfields’ travel to work area. Since its formation the trust fund has raised more than £1m.