Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is appealing for people who have borrowed crutches, walking frames and metal sticks to return them.

The hospital’s physiotherapy department would like borrowed crutches, sticks and frames to be returned to them so they can be used for other patients.

After first issuing a similar plea four years ago the department has seen more than 1,000 pairs of crutches returned with an estimated saving of £10,000 but staff feel there are many more walking aids that could be out there in the community that could be cleaned and retested before being handed out again.

Mark Taylor, Joanne Ashfield and Andrew McCarthy from the Physiotherapy and Orthotics department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, who are appealing for the return of used walking aids.

Mark Taylor, Joanne Ashfield and Andrew McCarthy from the Physiotherapy and Orthotics department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, who are appealing for the return of used walking aids.

Charlotte Billington, Hospital Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Manager, said:  “We completely understand that when people are back at home and getting well they may simply forget to return the walking aids to us.

“However, this does present us with a problem, both practically and financially, so we are holding this amnesty to encourage people to bring them in.

“Hospitals have tight budgets so we really can’t stress the importance of returning crutches, frames and sticks that can be used again.

“If you have any walking aids at home lurking in the garage or in the back of the cupboard please return them.

“The crutch amnesty will give people the chance to clear out the crutches that have been cluttering their home for months and will replenish our stocks here at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and in the community – so we’re all winners!”

Walking aids can be returned to the physio department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital between 8.30am and 4.30pm. Call 01253 953512 for further details.