A BOURNEMOUTH man has fundraised for a haul of iPads to entertain patients in the stroke ward in memory of his mum.

James Keith’s mum Beverly Keith suffered a stroke in 2020.

Due to Covid-19 guidelines, James was severely restricted from seeing his mum, who spent 55 days on her own in Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

The family continued to Facetime Beverly until she died in January 2021.

Now, James has fundraised for the stroke rehabilitation ward through his ‘Five4FiftyFive’ challenge in which he ran five kilometres every day for 55 days.

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The challenge paid tribute to Beverley and her experiences over the 55 days she spent in the hospital alone.

With the help of supporters and the local community, James raised £15,100.

James said: “It felt a little overwhelming at first but it was amazing to finally see the real benefits and difference the pieces of technology will have on future patients.

“The plan was always to help combat patient loneliness, and after speaking with the ward, we decided to use the funds I raised on some kitted-out iPads.

“Family members who may not be able to be there in person can now access important information sharing, watch and encourage loved ones as they have their physical rehabilitation sessions.

"Or at the very least, family and friends can just be there as a friendly face to see and communicate with remotely which is especially important for patients needing hospital care for some time.”

Dr Louise Johnson, consultant therapist in stroke at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust, gave a huge thanks to James for all his incredible fundraising for the Stroke Unit.

Louise said: “People with stroke can be in hospital for many weeks, and we know that activity - including social and cognitive activity - plays an important part in the recovery process.”

“These iPads will allow patients to remain connected with loved ones as well as provide opportunities to keep busy by using rehab apps, games, and audiobooks.

“We are so grateful to James for raising the funds to allow every patient on the Stroke Unit to access these resources.”