Stairlift and lift manufacturer Stannah has helped fund specialist therapy equipment at a new centre that has opened in Andover which allows people with limited mobility to exercise and rehabilitate.
The ‘I Can’ Therapy Centre in Andover, operated by independent charity Valley Leisure Ltd, has had to fund a range of specially adapted power-assisted exercise equipment for it to be effective.
The centre had to buy in an assistive, fully adjustable, REAL 9100 chair from Medicotech in order for the highly valuable cycle machine to be accessed by all clientele.
Stannah gave £2,799 to the centre to fund the new chair, which has made a significant difference to the centre.
Stannah’s group managing director, Jon Stannah, said: “Our local sponsorship fund supports the community in which our employees live.
“Andover’s ‘I Can’ Therapy Centre is a very valuable addition to that community and we were delighted to be able to help.
“As our own stairlift and lift products also enhance mobility we fully appreciate what a difference the right equipment can make.”
Liz Murray, community health development manager, said: “
The cycle machine is so important for balance, muscle strength, coordination – everything essential in recovery or strengthening exercise programmes.
“Using a standard chair to access the cycling machine was just not ideal. Our new chair is totally adjustable and that means every individual can be fully supported by the chair before setting off on their cycling challenge.
“We are delighted with the new chair and, as our friend and model Grace said, the chair feels as if it hugs you. Everyone at the centre is so grateful to Stannah for our new chair and it really has made a difference already.”