Daniel Salter, a TGA representative, has helped provide wheelchairs to Sierra Leone following a kind donation from Harpenden's 77-year-old Rosalind Drysdale.
Rosalind is a valued customer of Daniel and recently purchased a new TGA Breeze Midi 4. During Daniel's assessment of her needs, Mrs Drysdale mentioned she had wheelchairs that were no longer of use. As Daniel has recently become a father, he remembered his senior community midwife from South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, Helena White, was the founder of The African Maternity Link charity.
This charity supports women in Sierra Leone which is one of the most hazardous places in the world to have a baby. Women have a 1:21 chance of dying as a direct result – hence Helena's charity provides onsite midwifery training initiatives, data collection and clinical support. Helena continues to manage the charity so will ensure the donated wheelchairs are delivered to provide mobility for young African mothers and those who require extra care.
"I am so pleased that Mrs Drysdale mentioned her disused wheelchairs to me, I know they will make a big difference in a Sierra Leone hospital,” Daniel said. “Helena has told me all about the challenges of child birth over there and why she is so passionate about her charity. Mobility equipment can be in scarce supply with many people crafting wheelchairs from garden furniture and recycled wheels. Helena's team was amazing delivering my baby boy George and the work of her charity is even more inspiring. I feel proud to have contributed in a small way."
"Daniel is such a lovely man, very caring and understanding,” Rosalind added. “I have been so pleased with my Breeze Midi 4 scooter, he really did make sure it was the right product for me. I have only travelled a short distance so far as I am building up my confidence but feel sure as the weather warms up I will be out and about much more.
“It is so comfortable to sit on. The wheelchairs I have donated are not as modern, but I do hope they will make life a bit easier for mothers in Sierra Leone. We are so lucky here in the UK with the NHS."
On receipt of the donated wheelchairs, Helena was appreciative of Daniel and Rosalind's generosity. "I regularly work in Sierra Leone which always renews my enthusiasm in midwifery,” she said. “These wheelchairs will be shipped together with many other products and equipment which my charity sends direct to where it is needed the most, whether in the capital Freetown or remote rural locations.
“The work of our voluntary midwifes over there is vital as their expertise cascades down through the healthcare staff so greater care and safety can be provided to expectant mothers. I can already see their faces light-up when they sit in these wheelchairs and do not have to rely on homemade contraptions. My charity is always seeking redundant mobility equipment and medical supplies to aid with maternity so please get in touch."
Breeze Midi 4 insight:
Maximum speed (up to): 8mph
Maximum weight: 20 stone
Range (up to): 20 miles