Patients with mobility difficulties who attend Walsall Manor Hospital have been given a helping hand – thanks to the mother of an inspirational brain tumour patient.
Chris Thomson died in November 2014, at the age of 29, after being treated for his second brain tumour. He also suffered a brain tumour when he was a nine-year-old schoolboy.
Chris set about raising money for the Brain Tumour Charity and was well-known for his blogs detailing his experiences where he nicknamed his tumour “Clive” as well as a host of Walsall fundraising events that he staged. His efforts raised more than £21,000 for the charity and donations have continued in his memory.
Deb has donated a brand new wheelchair to Walsall Manor Hospital’s outpatients department that was originally bought by Chris to use when his health deteriorated.
She explained: “He wasn’t able to use it in the end and it seemed such a shame for a brand new wheelchair to go to waste which is when I contacted fundraising at the hospital to see if it could be donated.
“Chris was such a caring person who was always thinking about other people in spite of his own situation and I think he would have loved the fact that his wheelchair is being put to good use. It is very difficult for us to come to terms with losing Chris but to keep his memory alive we can try and make sure we do good things where we can and help people where we can.”
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Outpatients Matron Claire Keeling said: “We can’t thank Deb and her family enough for donating her son Chris’s wheelchair to us.
“It will make such a difference to our patients, many of whom really struggle to walk through the hospital and down the corridor to their appointments. We are so grateful to her.”