Life for pensioner whose health is daily struggle made easier thanks to Warwickshire charity - The Rugby Observer

Life for pensioner whose health is daily struggle made easier thanks to Warwickshire charity

LIFE for a pensioner whose health has become a daily struggle is easier thanks to a Warwickshire charity.

Bert O’Hara from Ryton-on-Dunsmore lives with a number of health conditions and has had to cut down on the things he loves doing the most.

The 73-year-old – who suffers with a lung condition – received almost £2,000 from the WPH Charitable Trust for a stairlift which has helped make his everyday living more comfortable.

The father-of-five smoked for 50 years and it was only when he stopped that various ailments started to surface.

Since having his stairlift installed, his life is more bearable and he no longer requires his emergency oxygen supply when he uses the stairs.

He said: “It got to the point where I needed to use the oxygen compressor to refill my lungs every time I went up or down the stairs. In fact I was becoming more and more reluctant to use the stairs altogether. I’d ache and have to rest, and I’d become far more tired than what should be normal.

“As well as making life easier physically, it’s just given me that little bit more confidence in getting around the home.”

Bert added he would never have been able to afford a stairlift without help from the trust which provides funding for organisations working to prevent, relieve and cure sickness in the region.

Bert approached the trust through Warwickshire’s Heart North Team, which looks at aids and adaptations around the home to help keep people their independence.

It also welcomes online applications from people who feel they would benefit from medical funding.

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