22nd May 2014 – Fundraiser works with Rotary Club of Ilkley to raise funds for local hospital

Posted on May 22, 2014 by AireAdmin

The Rotary Club of Ilkley and Fiona Mann have teamed up to make a donation to Airedale Hospital’s stroke unit.

Fiona Mann, of Addingham, and John Metcalf, President of the Rotary Club of Ilkley handed over a cheque for £500 to Tracey Mothersdale, ward sister on the stroke unit, to enable the purchase of two new shower chairs for patients.

Fiona, who has previously been a patient on the stroke ward at Airedale Hospital, said: “I suffered with a spinal stroke and spent five weeks in Airedale last summer, as well as two weeks at Leeds General Infirmary. The shower chairs that were available were not very comfortable and were extremely difficult to move.”

A past President of the Rotaract Club of Ilkley (junior Rotary), Fiona was gifted some money raised through the annual Christmas Holly Ball, organised by the Rotary Club of Ilkley, to donate to her chosen charity.

John Metcalf, Rotary President, said: “Fiona was involved in the organising of the Christmas event for many years before giving it up two years ago, which is when we took over. When we heard about Fiona’s situation we decided to give her some money, raised through the Holly Ball, to donate to a charity of her choice. When she told us she wanted it to be Airedale we were more than happy to get behind her and support her cause.”

Tracey Mothersdale, senior sister on ward 5 at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are so grateful for the generous donation made by Ilkley Rotary and Fiona. The shower chairs we  have bought with the money are a huge improvement. They are easy to keep clean as they just wipe down, are great to move around and most importantly the feedback we have had from the patients has been fantastic.”

This is not the first time that Fiona has been supporting her local hospital as earlier this year she took on a personal challenge to raise money for the ward which treated her following on from her spinal stroke. Fiona said: “After my stroke I was paralysed from the waist down and lost all feeling in my legs, which was a very frightening experience. I am making slow but steady progress but wanted to give something back to the ward that looked after me so well for five weeks. I had previously been a keen swimmer so decided to take on a challenge of my own by swimming a mile,”

Fiona has so far raised £2,500, including offline donations, towards the purchase of further equipment for the stroke unit, with money continuing to come in. It’s not too late to donate; to make a donation please visit http://www.justgiving.com/Fiona-Mann  The page will remain open until the end of August.