Parents thank mental health unit for daughter’s care with £1.5k donation

A child and adolescent mental health inpatient unit in Bury has benefited from a £1,500 donation from two parents as thanks for the help given to their daughter.

Donation to Horizon UnitMark and Louise Rowley, from New Moston, fundraised for the Horizon Unit, run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, which provided support to their daughter Megan when she was affected by an eating disorder.

To raise money, Mark completed The North West Triathlon in Nantwich, which consists of a 500m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run.

His efforts earned £1,200 in sponsorship thanks in part to a £500 donation from Brian Prescott Ltd, a haulage company based in Chadderton.

Mark said: “A friend asked me to do the triathlon with him and I thought it was a great excuse to raise some money for Horizon Unit.

“It would be a very different situation for us as a family if we didn’t have this unit.”

Louise, who owns her own wedding cake business, managed to collect a further £300 through donations and admissions to wedding shows which she organised.

Louise said: “Megan has been an inpatient twice over two years, so we wanted to give something back for the care and support she’s had during this time.

 “We’d like the donation to be spent on anything to directly benefit patients –introducing pet therapy, or activities for young people, particularly over summer.”

Megan spent more than 14 months on the unit between February 2015 and July 2016, which she says ‘helped a lot’ towards her recovery. She now plans to study beauty therapy at Hopwood Hall College in Rochdale.

Dr Alison Wood, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Consultant, said: “We can’t thank Mark and Louise enough for their generosity and we’re delighted we could support Megan to live well and fulfil her dream of going to college.”

Pennine Care has recently launched a dedicated Community-based Eating Disorders Service (CEDS) that will offer support to people like Megan closer to home.

Dr Wood added: “Our next steps are making sure that Megan continues her recovery successfully and we are looking to offer support from our new CEDS.”

*Pictured (from left to right): Joanne Huddart, Pennine Care Inpatient Service Manager, Dr Alison Wood, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Consultant, Mark Rowley, Louise Rowley.