A custom-made wheelchair specifically designed for children by a third year student from Middleton Primary School was unveiled at Milton Keynes University Hospital on Friday.
The winning design by Ameida Alhassan was picked from 130 entries from local primary schools following a hospital competition to build a specialist wheelchair for the children’s ward.
Ameida’s vision, which included a colourful wheel design and a specially padded seat for comfort, was brought to life when two wheelchair companies RGK Life and Sunrise Medical teamed up to build the wheelchair for the hospital for free.
Marc Yerrell – “When I came up with the competition for fab change day the thought of the wheelchair actually being made was no more than a dream, but with some determination and great team work, we managed to secure the services of RGK at no cost to the trust. The teachers tell me that the students at Middleton haven’t stopped talking about their experiences so I am very pleased all round. The wheelchair looks amazing and I hope it will make things a little nicer for the children in ward 5.”
The hospital ran the competition in October as part of Fab Change Day – a NHS-wide initiative which encourages great ideas and best practice to be pledged and shared up and down the country to help enhance both patient and staff experience. The hospital and its staff had some great new ideas and pledges to incorporate alongside all the fabulous work it already does, and displayed all of the wheelchair design entries in the restaurant on the day.
That evening, the hospital was visited by prominent health writer Roy Lilley, Dr Theresa Porrett and the Fab Change Day team who selected our 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed designs.
The winning designer was given her £20 voucher in a surprise visit by our MK Hospital Charity mascot Leo the Lion, while the runners up also received small prizes to show our appreciation. All entries were given certificates for their great work.
Charity MK Arts for Health have since developed a number of canvases showing all of the entries to be permanently displayed in the hospital’s Eaglestone Restaurant.