Fish tank donation to spinal
A Hospital's Spinal Unit has welcomed
new visitors.. The
North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital
NHS Trust, took delivery of 2 fish tanks. 1 has been donated by design business Ryu Creative, which is run by a patient
at the Spinal Centre, Ryan Forshaw.
The other has been donated by Aqualease; a Blackburn based company which
supplies fully serviced aquariums to education and health care sectors. The 2 fish tanks now have pride of place in a
Day Room used by patients. The day
room was officially opened last month.
Emily Hoban, who runs the Spinal Centre, said:- "The day room has been
total refurbished and now provides a fantastic environment for our patients. We
are really grateful to Ryan and the team at Aqualease for donating the fish
Ryan, 37 from Leigh near Wigan, was paralysed from the shoulders down after
being involved in a serious accident in 1996. He said:- "Aquariums are
abundant in health care benefits. The donation aims to help fellow patients
during their rehabilitation periods."
Ryan works with Aqualease on its design and marketing and this is how the
donation came about.
Dan Green from Aqualease added:- "We are delighted to make this donation
to the hospital and hope that the patients enjoy watching the fish. Fish tanks
can help improve physical and mental wellbeing. We think they will add to the
calming atmosphere of the room."
The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre cares for people with spinal cord
injuries from Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria, Cheshire,
parts of North Wales and the Isle of Man.
It is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the treatment of
people with high cervical spinal cord injury.