A LOCAL woman who took inspiration from a “life changing” knee replacement operation has said that surgery has changed her life for the better.
Coleraine's very own, Margaret Boyd went under the knife approximately ten years ago and has been collecting for the Belfast Arthroplasty Research Trust (BART) ever since. Margaret's conscientious approach to the charity work over the last decade has had a positive impact for the trust which was only established in 2002.
The Organisation was set up by surgeons from Musgrave Park Hospital and a mechanical engineer from Queen’s University in Belfast. The aim of the charity is to provide funding for various research projects in joint replacement for the benefit of patients, both locally and further afield. Since the charity was established around 16 years ago it has raised over £2 million for joint replacement research, something which Margaret Boyd has helped contribute to.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Margaret said: “I had a knee replacement operation over ten years ago and I have been collecting for BART ever since.
“I raised £972 last year and around £1000 the year before that but we have raised quite a lot over the last ten years and hopefully it can help in some way,” she said.
“Before the operation I had a lot of pain but since I had the surgery it has given me a new lease of life,” added Margaret.
*Read more about Margaret's fundraising inside this week's Coleraine Chronicle.