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Naval charity donates £20,000 to help disabled veterans

The Worthing-based Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) has been awarded a grant of £20,000 from The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Greenwich Hospital.

The grant is towards the costs of delivering a tailored rehabilitation programme to disabled Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans and their dependants. The rehab services included in the grant are: Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social and Recreational activities, Neuropsychologist, Chaplaincy and Mini-Ambulance service.

This grant will help QAHH residents like Michael, a former Royal Navy psychiatrist. Michael came to live at QAHH in April 2010, as he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His illness was making him weak and he was unable to walk as well as he used to.

Michael explains: “The physiotherapy sessions are very helpful. I am toning up the muscles in my arms and legs, and try to walk when I can. The therapists are very encouraging, and they measure any improvement. I enjoy it.”

He also likes to go on some of the day trips, which are arranged by the Social and Recreation department.

“If it weren’t for QAHH, I wouldn’t get the regular physio sessions that I need, or be able to go on day trips out. The staff here are wonderful; they take good care of me.”

To find out more about QAHH, or to support the charity’s work, visit their website at www.qahh.org.uk

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