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Right Arrow Fletchers Solicitors support Spinal Unit with 19,000 donation
03 April 2007 at 13:28
A generous donation from Southport-based law firm Fletchers Solicitors has enabled Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s Regional Spinal Injuries Centre to purchase vital rehabilitation equipment.

Centre director Pradit Sett said “We are very grateful to Fletchers for this generous donation which has enabled us to buy much needed equipment to help patients with their rehabilitation.”

The equipment bought includes: an Evolv Glider, which allows patients to exercise their legs using upper body strength whilst standing supported in the machine, an Actuator Grandstand, which allows patients to receive therapy in an upright position, four tilting over-bed mirrors for patients who have to lie flat on their back, six Vacuaid suction machines for patients being ventilated, two laptop computers and an Xsensor display unit used to monitor pressure points in real time on patients either in bed or in a wheelchair.

Presenting a cheque for £19,000, Fletchers Solicitors senior partner Rob Fletcher said “We are delighted to be able to support the centre in its vital rehabilitation work. The money was raised partly from an auction held at our clients and friends golf day at Hesketh Golf Club where we promised to match the total sum raised.”

Fletchers partner Ed Fletcher, himself a paraplegic wheelchair user, added: “It is great to be able to support people involved in serious injury rehabilitation. My team at Fletchers specialises in spinal cord injury claims and I have seen for myself how important effective rehabilitation is in the cases.

“When I was 17,” he continued, “my best friend Ben broke his neck playing rugby and I saw how much red tape he had to get through to get compensation. Around this time I was thinking about a career and decided to become a solicitor and help people like Ben. Ironically, a few years later I was involved in a freak motorcycle accident which left me paralysed from the waist down.”

Picture shows, from left to right: Pradip Sett, Ed Fletcher and Rob Fletcher.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk