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JLR workers hand over £4,800 to Solihull Hospital in honour on colleague

Sarah Mason 7th Aug, 2019

WORKERS at Jaguar Land Rover handed over almost £5,000 to Solihull Hospital in honour of a co-worker with a long-term lung condition.

Chris Dean, a technical lead engineer at the Lode Lane plant, who diagnosed with Bronchiectasis six years ago, which has left his lungs abnormally widened.

Since then he has been receiving treatment to manage his condition at the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centre at Solihull Hospital.

The centre provides tailored exercise courses for those with lung conditions including COPD, asthma or pulmonary fibrosis with sessions on the exercise bikes, treadmills, rowing machines or weights.

They are hoping to use the £4,800 raised by JLR on new exercise equipment.

Chris said: “When I was diagnosed with Bronchiectasis six years ago, it was life-changing news.

“But with the support of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centre at Solihull Hospital I was able to cope with my condition and learn how to manage it better.

“The staff and volunteers at the centre are so supportive and they have plans to improve the facilities, I wanted to give something back as a way of saying thank you.

“So I nominated the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centre to ‘Motorvate’ which is a Jaguar Land Rover scheme set up to support local charities and organisations.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the new equipment when it’s ready for use.”

Therapy support worker for the centre, Rhian Micklewright, said “We are actually looking at prescribing more exercise to our patients, so by having newer equipment it means that what we are giving to patients will be more specialised and better prescribed to the individual.

“We aim to improve their confidence and self-management for when they are discharged; our patients have long-lasting conditions so it is essential that we have the very best equipment for them.”

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