A charity that helps people deal with the problem of long term pain has supported the chronic pain service at Kettering General Hospital.
David Kelly from a way with pain has presented the trust with a cheque for £75 to buy a mirror therapy box and with a digital radio.
One of the hardest things to get across with chronic pain is that it cannot be seen, and consequently is not readily understood by manyDavid Kelly
The gifts were received on behalf of the chronic pain service by the hospital’s charity officer Christina Kelly.
Chronic pain service matron Sarah Florey said: “We want to thank a way with pain very much indeed for their kind support.
“The radio is to provide some relaxing music in our waiting area and the donation is to buy a mirror therapy box.
“This can help people who have had an amputation but still feel pain in the area of their missing limb.
“By performing therapy in front of a mirror it appears as though the limb is still there and this can help with pain relief and management.”
The a way with pain charity was set up by Mr Kelly’s daughter Julia in December 2012.
It aims to help people cope with pain by sharing their experiences – especially helping them to feel less isolated.
Sadly Julia, who had suffered many years of chronic pain following a car accident in 2005, died on November 2, 2014, but her father has continued the charity’s efforts in her memory.
Mr Kelly, of Great Doddington, said: “We help people in lots of different ways.
“We raise awareness about chronic pain, one of the hardest things to get across with chronic pain is that it cannot be seen, and consequently is not readily understood by many.
“We also offer a support network and forum to sufferers and demonstrate to people this is not a path they need to walk alone.”
The charity holds events each year to raise money including a charity golf day at Overstone and a recent curry night in Finedon.
The charity also supports individuals through a hardship grants system.
Chronic pain affects about one in seven of the UK population.
For more informtion about the charity go to www.awaywithpain.co.uk.