St. Margaret’s Hospice has just taken delivery of a new Perometer after a massive fundraising effort by patients, staff and volunteers. This is a fantastic achievement for our Lymphoedema Team, and the machine will help to save time in measuring patient’s limbs for the hosiery that is used as treatment for lymphoedema.

Chris Cure E Couto, a patient with our Lymphoedema Clinic, kindly cut the ribbon for the grand reveal, before the use of the machine was demonstrated by staff. The fundraising campaign was started by Chris after attending her first appointment at the Lymphoedema Clinic and being shocked at how long the precise measurements needed to fit hosiery took.

“I can just remember thinking that it’s a time consuming part of the appointment - there must be something that can make this easier. I was so grateful for the care I received from the Lymphoedema Team I started to ask how I could help. Ali Batchelor, Lead Lymphoedema Nurse, said there was a machine that could take the measurements but that it was really expensive and not something that could be afforded,” says Chris.

With that Chris set about fundraising the £16,000 needed to purchase the machine. Chris, along with other patients, volunteers and staff spent 2 years holding bingo nights, clay pigeon shooting events, raffles and asking local businesses to give to their cause.

“We’ve just had a demonstration of the machine and it really is going to make such a difference. It’s so quick, it makes all the fundraising worth it,” said Chris.

Ali Batchelor said “I really can’t thank Chris, our patients, volunteers and colleagues enough. With this machine we’ll be able to see more patients and the measurements taken will be more accurate, again resulting in improved care for patients. It really is a wonderful achievement.”

The fundraising doesn’t stop there though - the machine will cost roughly £1,500 each year to service and so Chris and co will be continuing their effort to make sure patients can continue to receive the benefit.

If you would like to donate, please contact St. Margaret’s on 0845 070 8910.