Fundraising boost for Amputee Rehab Service

Patients using the Amputee Rehabilitation Service in Whitehaven will benefit from new equipment and resources thanks to a generous donation of £4,622.


Elaine Woodburn presented the cheque on Friday 31st July after colleagues from her previous role at Copeland Council alongside nuclear partners joined forces to raise funds for a service that is close to her heart. 


Staff from Copeland Borough Council generously  contributed to a range of fundraising activities over the course of a month, including a raffle, auction and ‘name the bear’ competition. Sellafield, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Low Level Waste Repository, Nuclear Management Partners, Story Homes and Romar and many individuals also donated prizes and support and collectively a fantastic amount of funding was raised which will go a long way to make a real difference to the rehab service.


The Amputee Rehabilitation Service is based at West Cumberland Hospital and supports people with both the physical and emotional aspects of lower limb amputation. Elaine used the service after she had her right leg amputated in November 2007 due to a serious bone infection. She says “It feels nice to be able to give something back to my local hospital, and to a service that has and will continue to provide support to me. I want patients who use the service at West Cumberland Hospital to have access to better equipment to help them with their rehabilitation.”   


Specialist Physiotherapist Priya George, from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, who leads the service said “We help patients to reach their potential and have greater independence with or without prosthesis. We cannot thank Elaine and everyone who contributed to the fundraising efforts enough for raising such a generous donation.”


Specialist Occupational Therapist Lynn Smith and Physiotherapists from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust work closely with services provided by the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust – including the Disablement Services at Carlisle and Vascular Laboratory at West Cumberland Hospital. They provide advice and education on walking, gait and functioning of the limb, emotional support, phantom limb pain, falls prevention, risk awareness e.g. diabetes or smoking, care of the residual limb; and remain a point of contact for long term patients.

Pictured in the photo, from left to right: Priya George (Specialist Physiotherapist), Stuart Nicholson (Physiotherapist), Elaine Woodburn, Lynn Smith (Specialist Occupational Therapist) and Tracey Mifflin (Physiotherapy Professional Lead).