Stairlift is perfect gift for Bert, 73.
A DONATION of nearly PS2,000 has transformed the life of Ryton-on-Dunsmore pensioner Bert O'Hara.
The 73-year-old father-of-five lives with a number of health conditions and has had to cut down on the things he loves doing. But a donation from the WPH Charitable Trust for a stairlift has given Bert a welcome boost - making everyday living a lot more comfortable.
Bert, who suffers with lung condition COPD, said: "It got to the point where I needed to use the oxygen compressor to refill my lungs every time I went up or down the stairs.
"In fact I was becoming more and more reluctant to use the stairs altogether. I'd ache and have to rest, and I'd become far more tired than what should be normal."
Since having his stairlift installed, key aspects of Bert's life have become more bearable as he no longer requires his emergency oxygen supply every time he uses the stairs.
"I still keep oxygen compressors both upstairs and downstairs but the stairlift has made a marked difference in terms of my breathing.
"As well as making life easier physically it's just given me that little bit more confidence in getting around the home."
Bert issued a special thank you to WPH Charitable Trust.
He said: "I had lived in this house for over 50 years before these problems developed.
"Without the trust's donation there is no way my wife Susan and I would have been able to afford the stairlift.
"It really has made all the difference and I am extremely grateful."
David Holt, chairman of the WPH Charitable Trust, added: "Bert came to us through Warwickshire's Heart North Team, which looks at aids and adaptations around the home to help people keep their independence. Although this is one way of approaching the trust we also welcome direct online applications from people who feel they would benefit from funding."
As well as individuals, WPH Charitable Trust provides funding for groups and organisations which work to prevent, relieve and cure sickness in Coventry and Warwickshire.
For further information visit warwickshirehealth charity.org.uk or alternatively, applications can be posted to: Secretary to the WPH Charitable Trust, c/o Blythe Liggins, Edmund House, Leamington, CV32 6EL.
Bert O'Hara on his stairlift