The gym at the Princess Royal Hospital Telford provides rehabilitation exercise for patients recovering from operations, accidents, and cardiac incidents, and has two Life Fitness 9500hr treadmills which are an essential part of the exercise program.

The idea for the project came from a member of the Rotary Club of Wellington who discovered when using the facility that only one of the treadmills was operational. This restricted the choice of exercise program and the number of patients (clients) who could attend exercise sessions. This project aimed to provide a replacement treadmill in the gym and to ensure that adequate maintenance agreements were in place.

It was expected that the cost of the treadmill would be about £4,000. The Rotary Club of Wellington were pleased to support the project and proposed it for a Rotary Foundation Grant which Rotary District 1210 agreed to match funding up to £2,000.

Meanwhile the Club set about raising funds by organising a Charity Film Night and a Sportsman’s evening with part of the proceeds of each of these events being allocated to the project.

When all the funds were in place the Heart Failure team headed by Karen Robinson and Helen Brown of the PRH Physiotherapy department identified a low-level treadmill suited to the needs of recovering patients.

The Treadmill was handed over to the PRH by RIBI President Denis Spiller on 30th January 2018 in the presence of the Physiotherapy team, project organiser Peter Seaward and District 1210 Governor Carol Reilly.

Peter Seaward said, “It gives members of the club who had been patients, a great feeling to be able to give something to the Hospital in recognition of the wonderful work they do.”

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