22nd December 2014 – Donation of £500 made to Airedale Hospital’s Emergency Department
Two members of a local support group, Breathe Easy Aire Valley, have been busy fundraising for Airedale Hospital’s emergency department.
Wendy Harris and Pauline Wood have been sewing items to sell online and through friends and family for the past 12 months to raise money for a variety of charities to help with respiratory illness, including Airedale Hospital’s Emergency Department Appeal.
Wendy, who was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year, said: “Pauline and I are currently members of the Aire Valley Breathe Easy group and I have recently retired as treasurer. We are passionate about supporting anything to help respiratory illness.
“We started off by sewing small items and selling them on eBay in August 2013 and have been surprised at how much money we have raised.”
The £500 donation will be put towards a non-invasive ventilator machine.
Dr Meg Crossley, consultant in emergency medicine at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said: “This piece of equipment lets us support patients breathing when simple oxygen isn’t enough. It is an alternative to a traditional ventilator with a tube in the windpipe. Instead, it uses a tight fitting face mask and is used with the patient awake.
“It can avoid the patient needing to be on the intensive care unit, as it can safely be used in the emergency department or on an ordinary ward. It is also much easier to wean the patient off this equipment, than off a ventilator, when their breathing improves.”
Airedale Hospital’s Emergency Department Appeal was launched in May 2014 and aims to raise £100,000 to help with new equipment for the state of the art department, which opened in December.
Breathe Easy Aire Valley, a respiratory support group, meet at the Hub in Steeton on the first Wednesday of the month. For further information, please contact 01535 213016.