A bequest to Oamaru Stroke Support has allowed the group to pay for equipment at Oamaru Hospital.
President Gladys Youngman said Oamaru Stroke Support had received a bequest that was given with the requirement the money be used to benefit North Otago.
‘‘There was some deliberation with the committee and we met with Oamaru Hospital manager Robert Gonzales to discuss what we could do to help with post-treatment,’’ she said.
The decision was made to buy a Sara Plus hoist, an item of equipment which cost $13,000 and was used to help people struggling to walk or who had difficulty getting out of bed due to their illness. Mrs Youngman presented the $13,000 cheque for the hoist to Mr Gonzales at the Blind Foundation hall in Oamaru on Friday. Physiotherapist Melissa Kelly said the hoist would be a great help.