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Flood-hit Highland charity invites people to join in a fundraising walk


By Val Sweeney

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Dan Jenkins, chairman of the Oxygen Works, and chief executive Leigh-Ann Little survey the damage.
Dan Jenkins, chairman of the Oxygen Works, and chief executive Leigh-Ann Little survey the damage.

A Highland charity which suffered a devastating flood at its base is reassuring users it will reopen as soon as possible although there could be a delay of several months.

The Oxygen Works uses oxygen therapy to treat people with a variety of conditions at its premises in Burnett Road, Inverness.

It also provides physiotherapy, massage and reflexology which can help with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, Parkinson’s and diabetes.

The flood damaged office equipment.
The flood damaged office equipment.

The building, which has been closed since December as part of the latest coronavirus lockdown, was damaged when frozen pipes burst – despite the heating being left on – resulting in the collapse of the ceiling in the office and kitchen.

Office equipment and other items have been destroyed but it is thought the centre's oxygen chamber has remained intact.

The charity's chairman, Dan Jenkins, said it was heartbreaking to see the full extent of the damage which was being assessed and would hopefully be covered by insurance.

It had been hoped the building would reopen this spring as coronavirus restrictions eased but that is now expected to be set back by several months.

The hyperbaric oxygen chamber appears to be intact.
The hyperbaric oxygen chamber appears to be intact.

"We want to reassure people we are working as hard as we can to get the building back open as soon as possible, when coronavirus and the repairs allow," he said.

"We have been touched by the outpouring of support and offers of help which have come in from people."

He said one way people could help was to sign up for Scotland's Virtual Kiltwalk from April 23-25 and to nominate the Oxygen Works as their chosen charity.

More details about how to get involved can be found at www.theoxygenworks.com/kiltwalk-towtartanarmy

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