Comic Relief booster

1 April 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPatients in Neath Port Talbot Hospital’s neuro rehab unit have raised £900 for charity and the hospital by holding an Apprentice-style event.
The patients, pictured with staff, held a stationary 60-mile bike ride in the hospital entrance – and a cake sale and face painting session – to boost the unit and Comic Relief.
The patients took on different roles in the project and drew upon their life skills to organise the event.
The roles included marketing manager, sales manager, treasurer, cake makers, cash collectors, face painter and cyclists.
Lead speech and language therapist Lisa Chess said: “Once the ideas were agreed the group had a lot of organising to do.
“They had to get permission from Comic Relief and hospital management, arrange marketing, advertising, sponsorship, cake making, produce a running order of cyclists, and participated on the day.
“During the day the group met members of the public and talked about their event and the reasons why they were in hospital.
“The project has given the patients a purpose whilst they are in hospital and given them back a sense of control.”
Steve Davies is a patient on the unit. His wife Lee said: “The amazing factor was that many of the patient’s were immobile only a few months ago and on the day most were only able to use their arms or their legs in a restricted way.”
The patients felt a huge sense of pride in their achievement because they managed to do it as part of their rehabilitation.
ABMU chief executive Paul Roberts and head of nursing Vicki Franklin visited on the day.

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