Having a ‘wheely’ good time

November 29, 2017

Indigo North Health District Nurse Sandie O’Toole, The Wicked Virgin Owner Laurel Nowacki and Indigo North Health Primary Care Team Leader Anna Hession test out the new lightweight wheelchair.

A recent high tea in Rutherglen raised much-needed funds for a lightweight folding wheelchair to be purchased for Indigo North Health.

It was no ordinary high tea, it was a day to celebrate the famous mare, Black Caviar’s birthday.

Many attended the event at the Wicked Virgin and Calico Town Wines where great coffee, cakes and slices were the order of the day.

Wicked Virgin Owner Laurel Nowacki said the event raised about $1000 and they were trying to come up with an idea where the money could help benefit the community.

“We thought about Indigo North Health and knew they could always do with new equipment,” she said.

The wheelchair is provided to people on loan for those receiving palliative care through Indigo North Health.

Indigo North Health District Nurse Sandie O’Toole said Laurel and her husband John had also made a personal contribution of over $200 to ensure the wheelchair could be purchased.

“We are very thankful to get what we needed,” she said.

“It’s such a big ticket item that we don’t have at the ready.

“Now we have one to lend out when need be and for as long as needed, it really is life-changing for some people.

“Some carers are elderly and this can make a huge different in the way they get their loved one around.”

Indigo North Health Primary Care Team Leader Anna Hession said the service was reliant on the community to help fundraise for specific items.

“It’s a piece of equipment we can keep in the area and use here for our communities,” she said.

“We have a client using it at the moment and it has changed the way her carer can get her around.

“The old ones are so heavy weight and these are easy for carers to fold and put into the car.”

Anna said the palliative care client’s husband, Alistair, who is providing care for his wife had found the wheelchair “invaluable” to help his wife attend medical appointments, and enjoy time out in her community.

“The chair is lightweight and makes it easy to fold and lift into the car,” Alistair said.

“The cost of really good wheelchairs is expensive and being able to use one loaned from Indigo North Health is really helpful.”

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