The Summerfield Charitable Trust is a grant-making charity. It was established by Ronald Summerfield, a Cheltenham-based antique dealer, shortly before his death in 1989.
The trust supports projects that specifically benefit Gloucestershire residents. In 2011 it awarded grants of £495,933 to a wide range of causes.
More recently it donated £2,500 to the British Red Cross medical equipment service in Gloucestershire. The Red Cross service loans out medical equipment such as wheelchairs and living aids to vulnerable people with health and mobility problems.
The service improves the mobility, safety, independence and quality of life of people like nine-year-old Abby, who was diagnosed with a bone tumour in 2012. Cath Fishlock, Abby’s mother, said:
“After the biopsy confirmed cancer Abby had to use crutches as her bone was significantly weakened. She needed a chair as chemotherapy exhausted her.
“Having a chair from the Red Cross meant Abby could still get out and about while waiting on her own chair, which had a long delivery period. Your service made a difference to Abby, who was a healthy active nine-year-old facing the life-threatening disease which she will beat.”
Last year the service supported over 700 people. Now, due to the current healthcare cuts, the number of wheelchair requests is increasing.
It is only thanks to the support of donors like The Summerfield Charitable Trust that the medical equipment service can continue providing high quality equipment to people in need in Gloucestershire.