Wheelchairs donated after doctor’s appeal

Dr Peter McCormick  has received eight wheelchairs for his charity work in Africa thanks to Evening Telegraph readers
Dr Peter McCormick has received eight wheelchairs for his charity work in Africa thanks to Evening Telegraph readers

Kind readers have donated eight wheelchairs to help patients in Africa following an Evening Telegraph appeal.

Retired Kettering GP Dr Peter McCormick runs a charity called the Beryl Thyer Memorial Africa Trust which supports three hospitals in Cameroon.

Last month Dr McCormick asked people with unwanted wheelchairs to donate them to his charity to help children and adults with physical disabilities and serious illnesses.

Ten were given to the charity and eight are in a suitable condition to send out to Africa.

Dr McCormick said: “It was remarkable. The first call came the day after the story appeared in the Evening Telegraph, then another the next day and they just kept coming.”

The charity’s main work is with children who have been diagnosed with a rare but curable cancer called Burkitt’s lymphoma.

But the wheelchairs will help patients with a range of illnesses and conditions.

Dr McCormick said: “They will be going to the three Baptist hospitals that we serve.

“Some are for the children’s ward and others are for adult patients.

“There are a lot of amputees, people who have had awful accidents, and there are children with cerebral palsy and who have suffered very badly from meningitis and will be crippled for the rest of their life.

“There are some very sad stories and there is always a need for more wheelchairs.

“They get wrecked out there and cannot be repaired so the hospitals are always delighted to receive them from us.”

He added: “The good folk of Kettering and district have done us proud yet again.

“On behalf of the Beryl Thyer Trust, I thank all the donors and it was a pleasure to meet and chat with you all.”

The Beryl Thyer Memorial Africa Trust raises money for the treatment of Burkitt’s lymphoma as well as to pay for equipment for the hospitals and toys for the young patients.

To find out more about the charity call Dr McCormick on 01536 518008.