Breathe Bright Rest Easy, a local group created to benefit sufferers of respiratory conditions, and the Dyson Foundation have provided the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) with 10 state of the art Dyson fans for patients on the respiratory wards.
The group raised £1,200 for seven fans and a further three were donated from Dyson themselves. The group has also raised £670 to purchase Acapellas, which are small hand held devices that help to clear the airways, and nebulisation kits that allow outpatients to directly inhale their medication.
Breathe Bright Rest Easy was founded in February 2015 by Dr Denise Hewlett after her mother died from a range or respiratory illnesses, including bronchiectasis. In recognition that similar conditions receive little attention, investment in research and support, Denise and 30 others decided to benefit the lives of respiratory patients and their carers in Dorset.
Denise said: “The idea to get the fans came from my lovely Mum who had long suffered from lung conditions and benefitted from fan therapy. Through these experiences I learnt a lot about these conditions and how hard the fight can be to simply breathe, fight off even the smallest cold and try to maintain a positive outlook and quality of life.
“Leading on from my mother’s idea I was determined to try to make a difference at least in Dorset and support the fabulous clinical teams at RBH as well as inpatients and outpatients by getting kit desperately needed to help make respiratory patients’ and their carers lives a little better.”
The Dyson foundation said: “We are delighted we have been able to help the Breathe Bright Rest Easy Group with the donation of Air Multiplier fans.”