Children with cystic fibrosis benefit from local donations
A local leisure centre and a Worcestershire family have teamed up to donate exercise equipment to help children with cystic fibrosis in the county to fight the condition.
Hula hoops, balls, hockey sticks and gym equipment were all donated to the cystic fibrosis service at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, which offers children with the lifelong condition somewhere to go in the county for the first time.
The items were donated by staff at Wychavon Leisure, who run centres across the county including, Pershore, Evesham, Droitwich Spa, and Bromsgrove.
A local family and their daughter, Jess Warner-Andrews who suffers from the condition, fundraised themselves, donating £500 to the service to get further equipment to benefit patients.
Cystic Fibrosis is a lung condition that affects mainly the respiratory and digestive systems. Exercise is vital to cystic fibrosis patients as it has been shown to reduce infections and improve recovery time.
The Worcestershire service which began in June last year provides treatment for children and young people with the condition in the county which previously had to travel to Birmingham for their care.
Jo Colley, Cystic Fibrosis Physiotherapist at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said: “The children have loved the variety of different sports equipment and has made an in-patient stay much more interesting.
“The equipment has been fun for children and motivated them during physiotherapy sessions when they have come in to hospital.”
Following the donation, Wychavon leisure have now offered concessionary rates for cystic fibrosis patients and their families, recognising the vital need for exercise for these patients.