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Willow Burn Hospice and MRS Training & Rescue working together to help save lives

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MRS Training & Rescue, based at Houghton, delivered potentially life-saving equipment to Willow Burn Hospice yesterday, with the aim of helping people have the best possible quality of life whilst avoiding the need for hospital admission.

The hospice first approached Gary Williams, Operations Manager at MRS, as they required some first aid training, and Gary offered to provide this free of charge. A few weeks later, the hospice got in touch again as they had been awarded a grant from the Gannett Foundation - one of only two charities in the region to benefit in the current round of funding. The grant was for some first aid equipment and Gary was able to source this for them at cost price.  Then, to further support the hospice, Gary offered further free training on the equipment purchased. In total, the training is valued at over £1,000.

Diane Morgan, Day Hospice Coordinator of Therapies said: “We are thrilled with the award from the Gannett Foundation and the fact that MRS has been able to secure the equipment for us at cost, whilst also providing free training.”

Gill Adams, Fundraiser responsible for applying to Foundations and Trusts for grants said: “These items of life-saving equipment could be crucial to ensuring the safety of vulnerable people at a very sensitive and emotional time.  We have used the grant towards defibrillators, evacuation chairs and resuscitation trolleys”

Gary Williams, Operations Manager at MRS Houghton, said, “We are very happy to be supporting Willow Burn in this way. We are pleased to be able to share our skills and expertise with the staff and give them the skills, knowledge and confidence to use what they have been taught should a real emergency situation occur.” 

Watch the Facebook live video recorded yesterday here.


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