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Masons give standing support for stroke patients

PATIENTS recovering from stroke at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital will benefit from new equipment, thanks to a donation from Essex Freemasons.

The QuickMove standing aid, worth £1,650, supports patients rising from a sitting position, moving between beds and chairs and going to the toilet. The equipment was presented to staff on Lister Ward by members of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Essex, in memory of a friend, Michael Johnson, who passed away earlier this year.

Michael, from Colchester, suffered a stroke while undergoing chemotherapy at Essex County Hospital. He was so appreciative of the rehabilitation treatment he received that he decided to raise money for new equipment for stroke patients. With the support of fellow Freemasons, he generated sufficient funds for standing aids for Colchester, Southend and Basildon hospitals.

Frank Sharp, a friend of Michael and senior Essex Freemason, said: “Michael was so impressed with his treatment that he wanted to give something back. He would have been delighted that the fund he set up is continuing to help other stroke patients.”

Sara McGowan, Lister Ward Senior Sister, said: “We are very grateful to have this new standing aid, which allows stroke patients to move in more comfort and safety and will really benefit their rehabilitation treatment.”

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