Turning Point Scotland was the beneficiary of a donation from the charity, The Hospital Saturday Fund, at a special event in the City Chambers in Glasgow recently.

Pictured (l-r) at the event was Alison Walker, sports journalist and TV presenter; Bailie Alan Stewart; Turning Point, Martin Cawley, Chief Executive receiving the donation on behalf of Turning Point and Paul Jackson, Chief Executive Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF).



Turning Point Scotland is a social care charity that supports some of Scotland’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens whose lives have been affected by their learning disability, mental health problem, addiction issue or their homelessness situation.

The Hospital Saturday Fund donation will go towards funding for a piece of medical equipment called a Camel lifting chair for one of their learning disability support services in Renfrewshire. Elderly people with learning disabilities are prone to falls. Getting them safely back on their feet with the minimal of fuss and anxiety has proved a problem for staff especially with someone who is very overweight.  The device is battery operated, and will both sit up and lift a fallen person, and the operation can be carried out entirely independently by the fallen person. Using the simple hand control and compressor provided the Camel is inflated section by section to bring the individual up into a position from which to stand.

In 2013 the Hospital Saturday Fund will give £600,000 in donations and grants to medical charities for care and research, hospices and hospitals across the UK and Ireland. Assistance will also given to individuals whose illness or disability has caused financial difficulties.