Hutton Moor Leisure Centre donates thousands of pounds worth of equipment to Weston General Hospital

PUBLISHED: 09:26 06 October 2017

Staff from the hospital's physiotherapy department accepted the equipment. Picture: Eleanor Young

Staff from the hospital's physiotherapy department accepted the equipment. Picture: Eleanor Young

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A Weston-super-Mare leisure centre has donated thousands of pounds worth of new equipment to Weston General Hospital.

The general manager of Hutton Moor Leisure Centre Dave Somers donated five pieces of equipment to the hospital’s physiotherapy department.

The second-hand equipment includes a treadmill, cross trainers, a pulley machine and exercise bikes.

Mr Somers told the Mercury the equipment would have cost between £3,000 and £3,500 second-hand but said it was ‘brilliant’ to do something for the hospital.

He added: “I thought it was a great opportunity to give something back to this particular hospital which has help me a number of times in the past.

“I have spent a lot of my own time in here, probably about six times over 25 years, and a lot of our staff participate in sport which can result in injury and them needing this unit.”

The donation follows the £2.15million refurbishment at the leisure centre, which includes new equipment in the gym, interactive classes and a new swimming pool.

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Mr Somers said: “All the existing equipment has been replaced, the old kit has been sold to manufactures or moved to our sister sites in the South West.

“There wasn’t a requirement for this kit at the other sites so it was either sell it or donate it.”

Senior physiotherapist Jason Seaton and outpatients manager Melody Schultz accepted the donations on behalf of the department.

Mr Seaton has worked closely with Mr Somers throughout the project.

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He said: “What we have here is in keeping with a normal gym and my philosophy is to keep it as close to what patients would get when they go into the leisure industry so it is not as daunting.

“With this equipment they will know their way around a gym and will be able to continue their physiotherapy confidently.

“The last time we had new kit was 10 years ago, with some of the kit being 20 years old and unfortunately the hospital does not have the funds to renew it.

“The new kit means the patients will have equipment which is reliable, well kept and is maintained well.

“We are very appreciative to Dave and Hutton Moor for their donation, which could have cost us anywhere between £20,000 and £40,000 to get brand new.”

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