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Rotary club hears talk from new Sawbridgeworth Neuro Group

 

A NEW group has formed in Sawbridgeworth to spread the word about two neurological centres based in the town.

 

Friends of Neuro Sawbridgeworth was set up by family members of around 100 people who are cared for in the Gardens and Jacobs centres in the grounds of Rivers Hospital in High Wych Road.

Volunteers spoke to members of Sawbridgeworth and District Rotary Club at The Crown in Sheering on Monday (February 24) evening. After, President John Ireland said: "Until tonight we knew little about the Jacobs and Gardens Neuro Centres on our doorstep in Sawbridgeworth. The work they do there is amazing."

 

The centres, owned by private company Ramsay Health Care UK, provide 24-hour-a-day care and rehabilitation for people with physical, cognitive and behavioural problems. Many of the people in care are there because of traffic accidents, brain tumours and strokes. Others are there because they have degenerative conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, and can no longer be cared for at home.

 

The new support group for the centres aims to work with staff and maximise each individual's quality of life for as long as possible.

So far, it has transformed gardens at the centres and installed a small kitchen in both. Volunteers help to plan days out for residents as well, which is a major enterprise. They also read to residents and run a weekly music group.

 

They hope to raise funds for wheelchair accessible furniture and a path through nearby woodland.

 

Neuro Rotary Talk

From left, vice-chairperson of Friends of Neuro Sawbridgeworth Celine Austin, president of Sawbridgeworth and District Rotary Club John Ireland and chairperson of Friends of Neuro Sawbridgeworth Sheila Henderson

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