Alton Community Hospital now owns a state-of-the-art lower limb weights machine.

This was made possible by funding from the Alton Lions Club (CIO). The Hampshire Medical Fund hails the versatile machine, which will serve a variety of patients including amputees and those with knee injuries, as a testament to Alton Lions' support.

The medical fund praised the Alton Lions for their support, stating that such initiatives wouldn't be possible without the community's generosity.

Lucy Fitchet, Musculoskeletal Team lead at the Alton Community Hospital, said: "Patients appreciate the addition of this piece of kit, and we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from both patients and staff in the physiotherapy department. Within the first month alone, we've had the privilege of assisting around 50 patients with the leg press.

"This equipment expands our treatment repertoire, enabling us to provide a more holistic care approach to patients. It allows for progress monitoring and facilitates tailored rehabilitation plans, which are indispensable in our commitment to patient well-being.

"At the moment, we predominantly have cardiovascular equipment, and this is our first bit of fantastic strength kit that we can offer our patients."

Alton Lions Club president, Moira Baker, says she is delighted with the impact the leg weight machine has already had on patient well-being: “Alton Lions Club is currently celebrating 50 years of serving the local community and this was considered one of the fitting ways in which we could mark the occasion by making a difference to people’s lives.

“The money used to fund the machine came from the Alton Lions Supporters Club and I would like to say a special ‘thank you’ to all those who contribute £1 a month to support us in this way. Their help is invaluable.”