Donation helps meet wheelchair demand

Employees at Santander present a cheque for ?5,000 to British Red Cross members Margaret Tyrrell and Susan Heath Fowler. The money will help the charity purchase and maintain 12 new children's wheelchairs. NNL-160401-113453001
Employees at Santander present a cheque for ?5,000 to British Red Cross members Margaret Tyrrell and Susan Heath Fowler. The money will help the charity purchase and maintain 12 new children's wheelchairs. NNL-160401-113453001

Volunteers from the British Red Cross based in Banbury have welcomed a donation of £5,000 from Santander.

The Mobility Aids department of the charity helps children and families return to a normal life after injury or illness and staff from the branch on the High Street handed over a cheque at the end of last month, which will help buy 12 new children’s wheelchairs.

Paula Faulk, member of the North Oxfordshire group, said: “When a child leaves hospital it is not possible to take the wheel chair that may have been borrowed home.

“We are experiencing an increasing demand for children’s wheelchairs, and the generous grant from Santander will enable us to purchase and maintain new specialised children’s wheelchairs with leg extensions.

“ Over the five year life of the wheelchairs, we expect to help at least 60 children and many family members, getting children back to school as soon as possible. We are very grateful to Santander for their generous grant”

The donations follows a call from the North Oxfordshire group to find more volunteers. Margaret Tyrrell and Susan Heath Fowler will be at Banbury Town Hall on January 16 as part of a volunteer recruitment day for the charity and a coffee morning will be held on Thursday, January 21 from 11am at the Cromwell Lodge Hotel on North Bar.