AIREDALE Hospital has taken a stand – five, in fact!

The Friends of Airedale donated £3,700 to buy five standing aids, which will be used to help patients with their mobility.

The devices will enable patients to contribute while being moved, giving them more independence.

Matt Dickinson, learning and development facilitator at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are very grateful to the Friends for providing these aids.

"The stands are for patients who have a lack of mobility, but don’t need a hoist.

"Some patients might be able to stand but don’t have long standing balance. The advantage of these stands is that they have a fold-down seat, which acts as a perching stool while the patient is being transferred out of bed and into a chair. It gives a lot more independence back to the patient."

Friends president, Eileen Proud, said: "It’s always a pleasure to buy equipment which not only helps the patient but ensures that the staff assisting them are safe.

"The aids are strong and give confidence to people who can’t stand very well."