Sheffield NHS staff raise thousands for gym equipment to help people with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder

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Sheffield NHS staff have used sky dives, runs and generous donations to raise the cash for vital gym equipment which could help improve the lives of people with serious mental health issues.

The kind hearted foursome has raised more than £3,000 which Sheffield Hospitals Charity has used to fund a treadmill, weights and other fitness kit.

Physical health is known to play a big part in helping people living with conditions such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder to improve their mental wellbeing. The equipment will be used by Sheffield Health and Social

Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC) service users.

Rachel Warner, Consultant Psychiatrist and Phillip Easthope, Executive Director of Finance both completed nail-biting skydives, while Jane Harris, Communications Manager and Jeanine Hall, PA to the Executive Director of Finance, pounded the streets to take part in the Sheffield 10k.

Richard Davies, Occupational Therapist at SHSC, who’s leading the purchase of the equipment, said: “We are so grateful to our four staff who took part in fundraising activities to raise money for the gym kit which help to improve the physical health of our service users.

“A treadmill has been often requested by service users so it will be of massive benefit. It will also help make the gym environment replicate the typical machines found in a community gym. This will help service users transition from ward activities to normal community activities and encourage service users to try something new which they can continue when they are discharged.

“The equipment is also an excellent way to motivate people into activity on the ward, particularly those who are still waiting for leave to be granted and is a great way to deal with pent up energy in a positive way.”

SHSC is the main provider of a wide range of specialist health and social care services to individuals and their carers or families in Sheffield.

The Trust offers a variety of services, including mental health support for adults and older people, those with learning disabilities, people with drug and alcohol problems, and those with long term neurological conditions.

SHSC also has a wide range other specialist services, such as for people accessing perinatal mental health, gender dysphoria services and psychology for people with physical health problems.

To donate funds for SHSC call (0114) 2711001 or email charity@shsc.nhs.uk.