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FRIENDS BUY RECLINERS FOR REHAB PATIENTS

NHS patients who have been discharged from hospital to then undergo ‘half-way house’ rehabilitation can now use electric recline and rise chairs to enable them to sit and stand with ease, thanks to the Friends of St Mary’s Hospital. The Friends has purchased 3 such recliners, 1 each for The Gouldings in Freshwater, Adelaide Place in Ryde and Hazel Lodge …

NFU AWARD FOR COUNCIL EMPLOYEE

Neil Morey, Rights of Way maintenance and protection officer at the Isle of Wight Council, has been awarded the NFU (National Farmers Union) Conservation Award at the recent Isle of Wight NFU AGM 2016. The award recognises the key role Neil plays in maintaining the Island’s rights of way by making sure the many miles of footpaths and bridleways are …

HOSPITAL FRIENDS IMPROVE MONITORING FOR MRI PATIENTS

Sophisticated equipment purchased by the Friends of St Mary’s Hospital, giving confidence to patients and staff in the MRI department, has been praised by its Superintendent Radiographer, Alistair Day. The Tesla Duo MR8100, bought by the Friends for £5,701, has replaced the existing monitor dating from 1997. Alistair explained that unlike the old one, this monitor is entirely wireless and is …

SURPRISE CHRISTMAS LUNCH THANKS TO COMMUNITY EFFORTS

A surprise Christmas lunch is being held at the Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde for 50 members of the local community this afternoon (Thursday). All of the guests sitting down to enjoy the free Christmas meal have been nominated by other members of the community, as it is felt that they are likely to spend Christmas alone. A wonderful Christmas meal with …

£30,000 CHEQUE PRESENTED TO ELLEN MACARTHUR CANCER TRUST

A cheque totalling £29,788.84 has recently been presented by employees of J.P. Morgan Bournemouth to the Cowes-based Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. The funds were raised during this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race held in July – one of the largest sporting participation events in the UK. This impressive fundraising total now means that over the last …

ABILITY DOG HAS TURNED ISLAND TEEN’S LIFE AROUND

An Islander is spreading his wings and enjoying a new found freedom thanks to his ability dog Sheriff, who quite literally changed his life ‘overnight’. 17-year-old Jon has autism and has struggled with severe anxieties. Everything was a challenge for Jon… he did not talk to anyone and preferred to stay in his room, as well as suffering anxiety attacks …

SISTERS WIN COMPETITION TO DESIGN ROYAL HOTEL’S CHRISTMAS CARD

2 lucky sisters from Ventnor will have their design feature on The Royal Hotel’s Christmas card for 2016, after winning a design competition. The budding artists, 7-year-old Anna Copping and her 9-year-old sister, Chloe, will see their designs distributed to guests and friends of the hotel over the festive period. The girls visited The Royal last Saturday to enjoy a …

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