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Generous donation to buy new laser equipment

People using the Isle of Wight’s Lymphoedema Service, based at Earl Mountbatten Hospice, will soon benefit from a new piece of equipment thanks to another charity’s fundraising efforts.
The Isle of Wight Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus has presented a £500 cheque to the service, to go towards a Thor laser. The low-level light therapy device encourages the cells to regenerate oxygen and reduce inflammation on swollen limbs.
Presenting the cheque, Anne Axford, Chair of the Isle of Wight Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, said: “Today is the culmination of fundraising to help the Lymphoedema Service to buy an important piece of equipment. It’s meant a lot to our association as Sharon and Vanessa have both had treatment from the Lymphoedema Service over several months, which has made a great difference to their lives.  We know that there are others who will also benefit from this fundraising effort.”
Vanessa Burden, of Newport, has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, and said that they wanted to give something back after using the Lymphoedema Service: “I have really bad swelling in my feet and it’s made a really big difference to have wraps and tights on them.”
Sharon Armstrong, who also has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, said that her quality of life has improved since receiving support from the service: “My legs were very large and it’s really helped having the compression stockings. I’ve only been using the service for just under a year, and the change is so different! Having the lymphoedema massage has also really helped.”
Receiving the cheque, Heather Nelson, Lymphoedema Specialist Nurse based at the hospice, said: “I’d like to thank the association for their generous donation and support. We see patients with a variety of conditions causing swollen limbs, and we offer services such as compression garments that can be tailor made, manual lymphatic drainage that helps to encourage the fluid to move along and we have an exercise group as well. This fundraising means that we can now provide another level of treatment with light therapy, which is already proving to work very well in other parts of the country.”

"It's another's kept me in this world!"


Maureen, Patient