We are extremely happy to announce that we, the Paul Popham Fund – with support from our peer mentor, Geraint John – have been able to fund the purchase of 16 magnifying lamps for the home therapies team at Morriston Hospital during lockdown. We had previously donated 30 lamps to the unit in 2016 and this additional 16 lamps will make a huge difference to those undergoing treatment.
The bright light and magnifying mirror the lamps provide are for renal patients who dialyse at home to see more clearly where to put the needle, allowing them to dialyse with ease.
The donation of the lamps was made possible by funds raised by transplant recipient and Paul Popham Fund peer mentor, Geraint John, who completed a sponsored walk of 50,000 steps around his back garden in late April, raising a total of £1,900.
We’re proud to say that the Morriston home therapies team were extremely grateful for the extra lamps, and a note sent by Andrew Long, head of renal technical services, Morriston Hospital, read:
Thank you to the Paul Popham fund for the donation of the magnifying lamps for our home dialysis patients.
People find them extremely useful when inserting their needles for dialysis, as you can imagine this is quite a delicate process that needs to be carried out with care and accuracy. By inserting their own needles, they are able to carry out their own dialysis at home which in itself provide many benefits to them.
Below are a couple pictures of Brian Thomas who was using one of the magnifying lamps whilst he was dialysing in the self-care unit at Morriston Hospital.