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Posted on 29/03/2015 by adrianhide

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Four lightweight wheelchairs have been presented to Severn Hospice after a raffle held by staff from the TTC Group.

Funds were raised at a TTC Group dinner in Telford to buy much needed equipment for both of the county’s hospices in Telford and Shrewsbury for “the smile goes on” appeal named on behalf of Mavis Pettener.

Last year it cost £9m or £24,657 a day to run all of Severn Hospice’s services across Shropshire and Mid Wales.

The Mavis Pettener Memorial Fund will also buy an extra “comfy” chair for visitors to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital‘s ward 23 where cancer patients are cared for and other equipment.

Colin Pettener, of Shrewsbury, said his wife Mavis, who passed away on Christmas Day, wanted to ensure that the hospices had the wheelchairs and ward 23 had the extra chair for visitors.

“I want to thank the staff at the TTC Group for helping to raise so much money towards a very worthwhile cause which Mavis would have been very proud of,” said Mr Pettener, who works as a road safety ambassador for the TTC Group, of Hadley Park, Telford, a UK leader in road safety education.

Sister Claire Sproston said lightweight wheelchairs were much in demand and easier to use by daycare patients and their families for days out and trips around the hospice garden.

Severn Hospice fundraising officer Daniel Smith said: “On behalf of our patients and everyone at Severn Hospice I would like to thank Colin and all at the TTC Group for their very generous donation. The lightweight wheelchairs are most welcome and will benefit our patients greatly.

“At the hospice we are always humbled by the support we receive from local people, many of whom are going through a difficult time having recently lost a loved one like Colin, but still want to help others.

“Thanks to the generosity of local supporters, the charity was able to raise £6.26m last year which covered two thirds of its running costs, the remaining coming from NHS grants,” he added.

Severn Hospice has cared for more than 23,000 people in Shropshire and Mid Wales since it opened in 1989. Last year more than 4,000 attended the two day hospices at Bicton in Shrewsbury and Apley in Wellington.

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