Beryl's birthday boost for ambulance team

PUBLISHED: 12:57 28 November 2010

Beryl Roper present a cheque to Dean Malony and Melanie Glanville of the Great Western Ambulance Service

Beryl Roper present a cheque to Dean Malony and Melanie Glanville of the Great Western Ambulance Service

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A SANDFORD woman has used a personal landmark to raise money for a vital service which has helped her in the past.

Beryl Roper has needed assistance from paramedics after suffering falls in her home – and crews have been forced to wait for specialist kit to get her back on her feet safely.

However, the kit involved – called a mangar cushion – is in short supply, and often crews have had to call for the loan of one from Clevedon or Bristol.

So with Beryl’s 80th birthday approaching, Beryl asked for donations to Great Western Ambulance Service in lieu of gifts – and this week handed over £1,000 to help buy new equipment.

Beryl said: “Keeping me waiting is a minor inconvenience but keeping the paramedics hanging about is, in my opinion, disgraceful when they might well be urgently needed elsewhere”.

“It occurred to me that I should try and raise the money to purchase another one.

“My 80th birthday was coming up so I asked anyone who might wish to give me a gift not to do so but instead make a contribution to the project.

“Many who could not come to the party sent money and we had a coffee morning which produced further generous contributions.”

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