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Specialist chairs for stroke patients donated to hospital

By Jordan Reynolds | Walsall | News | Published:

Two specialist chairs for stroke patients worth £5,000 have been donated to Walsall Manor Hospital.

Former Wolverhampton Goodyear workers with their donation of two specialist tilt chairs for stroke patients at the at the stroke unit, Walsall Manor Hospital. Maria Davis, Rose Tonkinson, Brian Davis and Roy Jones

Former Goodyear workers handed the chairs to the unit on Monday as part of the 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent fund.

The Benevolent scheme was established following the closure of the Wolverhampton Goodyear Tyre factory in 2015, from what was the workers’ sick pay fund. The scheme is currently supporting over 40 different charity projects in the Black Country.

Cyril Barrett, chairman of the 5/344 Transport and General Workers union Benevolent fund, said: “We're doing a number of charity projects trying to create a legacy to the ex-workers and we donated two specialist chairs for people who have had a stroke.

"The two of them cost £5,000.

"When you actually see the people and the comfort it is to them it's quite inspiring.

"The hospital was absolutely delighted, it will help them to help the patients to recover more quickly.

"We're well on our way to doing 100 projects since October 2015.

"The trustees wanted to create a proud living legacy for all the ex workers.

"Our flagship project is the extension at Compton Care which will cost £1.6 million."

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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