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Thirty two-year-old Lucy Moore from Skipton has received a free, “life changing” stairlift thanks to the generous donation of a family in Gloucester.

Lucy, of Regent Crescent in Skipton, was diagnosed for the second time with cervical cancer in July this year and faces weeks of chemotherapy and the knowledge that her condition is terminal.

Months of complications since her diagnosis mean Lucy has lost much of her mobility in and outside of her home. “I’ve been in tears crawling on my hands and knees to get up and downstairs as I’m in so much pain,” she explains.

“My muscles are wasting through lack of use and although I’m having lots of physiotherapy, walking and climbing stairs is currently just too painful, especially after chemotherapy. I never expected to need a stairlift but I never expected to be in this situation either.”

Lucy Moore With Her Stairlift For Curved Stairs
“You never think for a minute you won’t be able to get upstairs at the age of 32. But I didn’t think I’d be struck down by cancer. Having a stairlift donated was so unexpected but has been literally life changing.”

Lucy’s mobility at home has now been transformed after she received a free Acorn Stairlift installed by the Steeton-based manufacturer earlier this month. The stairlift had originally been fitted in the home of Gloucester cancer patient Jayne Edwards. Sadly, Jayne died before using the stairlift and her husband Neil asked Acorn to donate it to Sue Ryder, where it could be re-installed in another home.

Sue Ryder’s Clinical Nurse Specialist Valerie Bone said: “We received Jayne’s stairlift in November and after visiting Lucy recently I knew she was the perfect candidate for such a worthwhile donation.”

“You never think for a minute you won’t be able to get upstairs at the age of 32. But I didn’t think I’d be struck down by cancer. Having a stairlift donated was so unexpected but has been literally life changing.”

“A key element of my role is to make sure patients have the best quality of life for as long as possible. I work alongside other healthcare professionals to ensure we offer the best service possible to enable patients to have quality of life by managing their symptoms and minimising pain and discomfort. It is important to provide patients with any support that can help them feel better be it emotional, medical or practical. Equipment such as stairlifts can have a very important role to play in supporting anyone with a condition that affects their mobility. They are freeing and create a much-needed feeling of independence for anyone being cared for at home.”

Lucy added: “In the three days since the Acorn Stairlift was installed my life at home has been transformed. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to Neil and his family that they’ve made such a generous donation - and to Acorn who have moved so quickly by assessing my home and fitting the stairlift in just 48 hours.”

“I will get so much use out of Jayne’s stairlift and above all, it has made a difference to how I feel about myself simply by restoring my dignity.”

Acorn Stairlifts Company Secretary Dave Belmont said the team was delighted by the outcome. “We were so sorry that Jayne didn’t have the opportunity to benefit from her stairlift but that thanks to Neil’s donation it has the potential to make a real difference to Lucy’s quality of life.”

“We’re also fitting an external stairlift to help Lucy manage the 12 steps leading up to her front door. No-one needs to feel a prisoner in their own home and we’re delighted to hear Lucy has felt such a difference so soon after the stairlift was fitted.”

Lucy’s mobility at home has now been transformed after she received a free Acorn Stairlift installed by the Steeton-based manufacturer earlier this month. The stairlift had originally been  fitted in the home of Gloucester cancer patient Jayne Edwards. Sadly, Jayne died before using the stairlift and her husband Neil asked Acorn to donate it to Sue Ryder, where it could be re-installed in another home.

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