Professionals work together to raise £15,000 for Southampton Stroke Unit

South Down chequeA team of accountants, lawyers and bankers have raised over £15,000 for the Stroke Unit at Southampton General Hospital after walking 100 miles along the South Downs Way.

Accountants from RSM, lawyers from Penningtons Manches and bankers from Handelsbanken, along with staff, clients, friends and family all took part in the fundraising challenge to recognise the care provided by the staff on Ward F8 to RSM Director David Green.

David suffered a stroke in November 2014 at the age of 44, losing all movement on the left side of his body below the neck. Over the subsequent two months of intensive physio and occupational therapy, David successfully relearned how to sit, stand and walk and regained the movement in his left arm and hand. While his recovery is ongoing, he was able to return to work in RSM’s restructuring practice in May 2015.

John Taylor from RSM, David Bickford of Penningtons Manches and Craig Ward of Handelsbanken covered the entire walk over seven days. They were accompanied by around 50 supporters who joined them for individual legs along the route.

John Taylor, office managing partner at RSM in Southampton said:

‘I’d like to thank everyone who took part in this walk and to all those who generously contributed. This was our way of thanking the Stroke Unit in Southampton for the care they provided to our colleague David and supporting their future work. We were regularly humbled by the support and good wishes we received throughout the week.’

David Green said: ‘During my recovery, the therapists and nursing staff in Ward F8 were absolutely outstanding. Caring for a stroke patient is not easy. It is very labour intensive and often involves heavy lifting. I hope that the money we have raised will enable the Unit to invest in an additional hoist and a shower chair to make life much easier for the staff. A new walking treadmill would also facilitate patient rehabilitation and avoid the need for patients to learn to walk in public areas of the hospital.’