We share another snapshot from ‘A Brief History of Brunelcare’ by Stephen Morris:
The need for a mobile physiotherapy unit to support people in Bristol was identified in 1948.
The Old People’s Welfare Committee (later Brunelcare) supported the idea and launched an appeal for funds in the ‘Evening Post’ (now The Bristol Post). Two substantial donations from Imperial Tobacco (now Imperial Brands Plc) of £800 and £300 provided the funds to launch two fully-fitted vans. Demand exceeded all expectations with nurses making 600 calls in the first two months - so an appeal was launched to purchase a third van to add to the fleet in May 1950. (pictured right)
Cote House, in Westbury on Trym, Bristol - a gift of Katherine Robinson - was converted into 14 flatlets and opened on 21st May 1957. One of the first residents, Kate Milani, said
“The Warden (Miss Berkeley) is delightful, kind but never interfering, and the cook excellent. The atmosphere is most friendly.”
Back to the current day, Brunelcare are grateful for continued support from Imperial Brands who this May 2016 supplied some fantastic teams of volunteers to support our Day Centre clients on two day trips!
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