Hospice opens up new rehab room

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A new rehabilitation room has opened at Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice.

The facility, which offers patients physiotherapy after treatment, was officially opened by the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Virginia Lloyd last week.

Vicky Bamford, hospice physiotherapist, said: “The facility will give patients a focus on physiotherapy and offer them an environment with better equipment, which can only benefit them physically and psychologically.”

The new room and equipment has been funded by donations from local businesses.

Mrs Bamford added: “I can’t believe people’s generosity.

“Thank you to everyone who has made the room a possibility, especially to Howden’s Joinery and Oval Insurance.”

The Halfpenny Lane hospice costs around £2.2m a year to run and relies heavily on charitable donations for most of this.

It provides vital care for more than 1,000 patients every year.

Mrs Bamford added: “Many of our patients require further treatment or rehabilitation in order to improve their quality of life.

“After receiving treatment for their illnesses, patients can find small tasks like climbing the stairs difficult.

“But this facility provides a safe environment where they can use specially designed equipment to increase their confidence in completing everyday tasks.”