Patient Donates Wheelchair Accessible Car to Spinal Unit for Receiving ‘Tremendous Care’

September 28, 2018

A patient has kindly donated a wheelchair accessible car at the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI).  The kind gesture came as the patient wished to thank the staff for all the hard work and care provided during her time at the spinal unit.

“The care I’ve received during my time as a patient here has been absolutely tremendous, so this really is my way of giving something back.”

Kind Donation to Spinal Unit

Audrey Berrisford, patient at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital met with staff after attending a follow-up appointment to announce she would be donating her late husband’s car to assist with their work.

Audrey said:  “My husband, Derek, passed away in April of this year.  It then occurred to me that his car would end up just standing on the drive not being used.  So, my son and daughter suggested that I sell it or give it away to a charity or an organisation, and I thought of MCSI straight away.

“The care I’ve received during my time as a patient here has been absolutely tremendous, so this really is my way of giving something back.

“It was the car my husband used to drive me to and from my appointments here, so I hope it will benefit other patients and also the wonderful staff, who work on MCSI.”

Fiat Diablo to Support Staff and Patients

The staff from the centre, based at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, said the donated car will make a ‘huge difference’ to other patients.  The car, a Fiat Diablo, will help to support home visits and appointments, as well as with patient discharge.

Mrs Berrisford first became a patient at the hospital in July 2009, following a fall down the stairs at her home in Endon in Stoke-on-Trent.  As a result, she suffered a spinal cord injury and was cared for at there for six months.

MCSI Resettlement and Community Liaison Officer, Barbie Simmons, said:  “We can’t thank Mrs Berrisford enough for this amazingly generous donation. This is going to benefit our patients and our department hugely.

“For our patients, it means one of us is going to be able to take them to appointments, as well as on home visits.  This will also support us with being able to discharge the patients and take them home, rather than rely on an ambulance or another form of transport.”