LIFE will be more comfortable for patients at a Worcester hospice following the generous donation of a special wheelchair.

St Richard’s Hospice has been handed a £1,750 Invacare Rea Azalea Transit wheelchair by Wolverhampton-based organisation The Paycare Charity Trust.

St Richard’s Hospice care director June Patel said: “We are very grateful for the gift of this chair which will make a difference to our patients.

“The chair can recline but still stays at a 90 degree angle at the hip which is important.

“It’s fitted with a shaped and padded back, a pressure relieving cushion and has the optional additions of a head and side supports.

“The chair will give patients who need it the chance to comfortably move out of their rooms in the in-patient unit to other areas of the hospice and our wonderful grounds.”

Chairman of the Paycare Charity Trust – which is currently celebrating its 50th year and has handed out more than £2 million over time in equipment and other services – David Clegg said: “Paycare always aim to make a difference with any grant that they give and it is very apparent the difference that this chair will have on the lives of the patients who use it.”

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care and support for more than 2,600 patients living with life-threatening illnesses and their families every year.

The charity runs a day hospice as well as a 24-hour, 17-bed inpatient unit in Wildwood Drive, Worcester.

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