A combined total of £1155 was today donated to Lindley Special Care Unit – a day care service for people with multiple learning and physical disabilities, run by the South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust.
£930 of the money was donated by Charlotte Newburn who ran the Edinburgh marathon to raise funds for the unit. Her sister Melanie Bates is regularly attends the day centre. The Yorkshire building society in Lindley also presented the unit with a cheque for £225 from their community investment fund – a charitable foundation which helps local causes.
Staff, clients and their parents and carers gathered at the unit today for a special presentation and to say thank you for the two gifts.
The money has been used to buy a flat screen television, and the rest will help to build some raised flower beds so people in wheelchairs can take part in gardening activities at Briar Court – a local gardening project.
Staff nurse, Emma Bradley said, "From all the service users and staff here I’d like to thank Charlotte and the Yorkshire building society for their generous donations – it’s really appreciated. Everyone is enjoying watching the new TV. We’ve been able to raise it on to the wall, meaning people with postural difficulties are able to watch it – before the TV was too low for them to see. It has really benefited them."