The Allendale Lions Club near Hexham have made two generous donations to WORK. The funds have been used in two ways.
The first £300 was put towards buying an oxygen concentrator which is used to help people who have low concentrations of oxygen in their blood. This can be caused by a wide range of health conditions. It has made a huge difference to many lives.
An oxygen concentrator takes regular air and purifies it to 90-95% oxygen. To do this, the concentrator uses a compressor that moves air into sieve bed filters to remove the nitrogen. It then distributes the oxygen through hoses inserted into the nostrils. The nitrogen is later released back into the air.
The second donation was used for WORK’s jigger programme. Jiggers are parasites which burrow into the skin and lay eggs. Cutting them out is painful but, without treatment, hands and feet become so badly affected that victims cannot walk or use their hands. Inflammation, ulceration and infection follow, then gangrene so that amputation is the only option to save a life. £300 from the Lions Club enabled three villages to be treated. There are many photographs on the Internet showing the devastating affect that jiggers have. Thanks to this donation, many children can continue to walk to school and adults work to feed their families.
A big thank you to the Allendale Lions Club.