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The Raizer 2 Emergency Lifting Chair helps to safely lift casualties to a sitting or standing position after a fall or trip, and it will help other residents at the St Andrews Court development to avoid the risk of injury when they come to someone’s aid. The cost has been met by ExxonMobil at Fife Ethylene Plant after a request for help from local councillor Julie MacDougall.
St Andrew’s Court, situated on the town’s main street, is privately run by the Trust Housing Association. It has 19 flats, housing residents with various levels of health issues, some of whom are single and have no families.
Councillor MacDougall said: “I am on the Mossmorran community engagement committee and knew that it was able to make donations to worthy local causes. I also work closely with the tenants group here and I knew they were struggling to find funding, so I helped them with the process. I am delighted that we were able to work together to get this life-saving piece of equipment.”
Marion McGregor, chair of the St Andrews Court Tenants Association, added: “Until now myself and Jean Bullion, who are fully-trained first aiders, were often being called on to help people who had fallen over, but we are both in our 70s ourselves and we were putting our own health at risk, so this is going to make a huge difference.”