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Specialist bike donated to Brain Injury Unit

A specialist therapy bike has been donated to the Centre for Brain Injury and Rehabilitation (CBIR) at Royal Victoria Hospital in Dundee to help support patients in their recovery.

The MOTOmed bike was kindly donated in memory of Dundee man Stewart Souter, who sadly passed away in 2018.

Staff at the CBIR welcomed Stewart’s parents Janice and Roddy, sister Emma and niece Jessica during a visit to see a demonstration of the specialist bike they donated to the centre.

Stewart had a rare condition called Friedreich’s Ataxia, which is genetic progressive neurodegenerative movement disorder.

Stewart attended Dundee and Angus College, where he studied for a HNC in social services. His determination and bravery to live life to the full touched the hearts of the staff and students and they decided to help raise funds for Stewart.

This effort, along with fundraising quiz nights and other generous donations, meant that Stewart could buy his own MOTOmed therapy bike and Stewart’s family have now kindly donated the specialist bike to help support patients at the centre.

Physiotherapist Lorna Melville said, “On behalf of the staff and patients I would like to thank Stewart’s family for generously donating the MOTOmed therapy bike.  We were delighted they were able to visit the centre and see the bike in action and have the opportunity to speak with staff and patients.

“The specialist bike continues to be well used by patients here in the centre supporting them in their recovery which, I am sure, will please all the students and staff at Dundee and Angus College who were so kind to raise money to help buy the bike for Stewart.”

Stewart’s mum Janice said that Stewart would be delighted that his bike would now benefit others.

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Worry Monsters donated to children’s hospital

Daniel Brookes from Dundee donated four worry monsters to the Tayside Children’s Hospital in Dundee to help support children.

Nine-year-old Daniel was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy when he was 16 months old. He was admitted to the Tayside Children’s Hospital in January for two weeks before being transferred to Glasgow when there was a problem with his internal defibrillator.

A worry monster is a soft plush toy that helps children who might be worried or stressed about something. The monster has a zip up mouth. Children write down their worries on a piece of paper and put it in the monster’s mouth for the monster to eat. An adult then reads the child’s worry and writes down a response for the child.

Daniel said, “I was given a worry monster as a gift. It really helps me, especially when I was in hospital. I write down my worries or questions on a piece of paper and put it in the monster’s mouth then I get an answer.”

Accepting the donation, play specialist Una Paton said, “Thank you to Daniel for his very kind donation. The toys will help a lot of children who are worried about being in hospital.”

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Daniel Brookes with staff from Tayside Children’s Hospital

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