Pain relief units are donated to help people receiving end of life care in Whittlesey, Thorney, Eye and Stanground
PUBLISHED: 15:56 08 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:56 08 November 2016
Fundraisers No Gain No Pain UK have handed over eight syringe drivers which will be used by community nurses to help patients receiving end-of-life care living in Whittlesey, Eye, Stanground, Thorney and Wansford.
The charity has also presented the Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust with more than 70 hand-made cloth bags which patients can use to carry the syringe drivers which cost more than £1,300 each.
Eileen Nixon, team area manager for CPFT, which provides community health and mental health services, said: “We are very thankful for the latest donation from No Gain No Pain UK. Syringe drivers are really important to patients and to have extra ones available to our nurses is really welcome. This wonderful donation will benefit many patients in the community.”
The presentation took place at the Aliwal Manor Care Centre in Whittlesey.
Many of the people at the care home receive help and support from CPFT’s community nurses.
Syringe drivers are small portable machines which are used by patients who are receiving care in their own homes.
The machines, which can operate up to 24 hours-a-day, inject medicines into patients if they find swallowing tablets difficult or if they need medication while they are sleeping.
Earlier this year, No Gain No Pain UK donated four syringe drivers to CPFT.
The organisation is run by Louise Nicholls, her husband Lee, and their friend, Samantha Carter, who began raising money to buy syringe drivers in 2015 following the death of Louise’s father, David Jarrett, from cancer.
Louise said: “My dad was a businessman in Whittlesey who was fit and strong. In the last few days of his life, he had difficulty getting a syringe driver immediately.
“He had to wait 24 hours, which may not seem long, but when someone you love is in pain, one minute is 60 seconds too long. After his death we wanted to do something to help others in a similar position.”