Silverthorne stair lift that made a World War II veteran and his wife’s last years a little easier will soon find a new home in the Wirral, in the service of another veteran and his wife.
Through the combined efforts of the families of both veterans, a local Realtor, a nonprofit agency and several others, William Bruns, a Korean War veteran and his wife, Margaret, are expected to have the stair lift installed in time for Christmas.
Margaret Bruns said the donation “meant a whole lot,” to both her and her husband.
The lift’s original owners, James and Mildred Vincent, first installed the stair lift — a device that transports individuals with limited mobility up and down staircases — in their Merseyside home after James Vincent underwent double-hip replacement surgery.
The stairlift helped both James and Mildred access the basement and handle the steep staircases in their home. When the Vincents passed away, their daughter Polly Welsh knew she wanted the stair lift to continue to help someone who needed it.
So when her parents’ house in Liverpool sold, Welsh asked her Realtor, Butch Elich, to find out whether the buyers would mind donating the stair lift if they didn’t need it themselves.
“I asked if (the buyer) would consider donating it if they weren’t going to use it because that’s what Mum and Dad would have done,” Welsh said. “They were both just such philanthropists. They would have always wanted someone else who was in need to have something.”