The Wheel Appeal is halfway to its target and the new wheelchairs are arriving at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Our readers have raised £12,000 to provide 15 of the new chairs to transport patients around wards at the King’s Lynn hospital.

It’s a great achievement and all the staff at Your Local Paper would like to thank everyone who has helped us so far.

But there’s still a job to do so don’t ease-up on the fundraising and help us ensure we provide 30 new chairs to replace the old fleet which is fading fast.

‘I am extremely grateful to the community which has supported the appeal so far.  It’s also great to hear that our patients, carers and visitors find the wheelchairs very easy to manoeuvre as well as comfortable,” said QEH fundraising executive Laurence Morlaas.

The latest two chairs were donated by the Friends of the Stroke Unit at the QEH.

The charity has given £1,600 for the chairs as they are used throughout the QEH – including the stroke unit.

The Friends was founded by Paul Brandon who had a mini-stroke in 2000 and set-up the charity while he was West Norfolk Mayor in 2004.

The group has raised £50,000 for the unit and would like to hear from anyone who would like to help. Contact 01553 765711 or see www.friendsofthestrokeunit.co.uk

Donate to the appeal:

Online via: www.justgiving.com/qehkl-wheelchairs

Send a cheque made payable to Wheelchairs to Laurence Morlaas, Fundraising Executive, QEH Gayton Road, King’s Lynn PE30 4ET

Call into Your Local Paper offices, King Street, King’s Lynn.

If are organising an event email laurence.morlaas@qehkl.nhs.uk