Andrew, who lives in the West Midlands was given a medical discharge from the Army having served for 9 years. His knee injury continued to worsen and now Andrew uses a wheelchair 90% of the time. Having lived an outdoor and active life Andrew managed to keep his mind engaged but struggled to remain physically fit. Andrew raised half the money towards a hand-cycle and DTD Charity was able to help by funding the remainder. Within a few weeks Andrew was able to increase the distance he could cycle and wrote to say, ‘Thanks again for helping me get this wonderful machine.’
Jasdeep has cerebral palsy which includes being blind and having learning difficulties. He was no longer able to go to day care as there was no appropriate chair for him to sit in. Spending too long in his wheelchair was extremely uncomfortable for Jasdeep and was leading to challenging behaviour. DTD Charity was able to help with the purchase of a drop arm chair which allows Jasdeep to side transfer from his wheelchair and therefore access respite care. His advocate writes to say, ‘Once again many thanks… It is humbling to think that employees are willing to contribute in this way to the charity.’
Harrison is now three years old and lives in Warwickshire with his mum and dad. Despite extensive testing Harrison’s condition remains undiagnosed although it is clear he has severe global delay, low muscle tone and limited movement of his legs. Harrison however remains a happy and contented little boy who likes his books and playing with his toys. DTD Charity were able to help by funding a Scooot which provides an early experience of independence for children with mobility challenges. It frees them to explore their home, play and race around without help. Mum wrote, ‘Just a short note to say … we received it just after Christmas and Harrison is using it every day…. Many thanks to both you and the DTD Charity for all your help and assistanc
Gillian’s chronic back pain had left her incontinent and unable to walk more than a few paces. Although Wheelchair Services had supplied her with an indoor electric wheelchair they wouldn’t provide an outdoor one due to access problems. This meant that Gillian was very isolated and lacked any independence. DTD Charity was able to help with the purchase of a mobility scooter. At Christmas Gillian wrote to say how her life had greatly improved with the scooter and how she was enjoying getting out and about. It was lovely to hear about such a positive outcome.
After an acute illness Hazel had to have one leg amputated above the knee. She has worked hard with her physio and is aiming to return to work as soon as she can. Hazel lives in a typical Victorian terrace with an extremely steep staircase. After much discussion and debate she was advised that in no circumstances should she try to climb the stairs herself and that unfortunately the staircase was not suitable for a stairlift. Hazel was facing a future of sleeping alone downstairs but DTD Charity were able to help with some funding towards a through floor lift. She is now able to safely access the bedroom and bathroom and Hazel wanted to thank all involved with making this happen for her.
Peter, 26, lives in supported living in Nottinghamshire. He has severe autism and learning disabilities together with challenging behaviour. Peter loved his trampoline which had a wonderful calming effect on him. Unfortunately it was old and became unsafe for him to use. DTD Charity was able to help with a new in-ground trampoline which was suitable for both Peter and his housemate. This will help with both sensory experiences and exercise. One of Peter’s carers writes to say, ‘I would like to thank you for your donations and contributions to the installation of this, it is proving to be of great benefit.’
Six months ago Ieva was involved in a road traffic accident which has left her with life-changing injuries. Having recovered from length surgery and a period of rehabilitation Ieva now is able to walk short distances with 2 sticks. Longer distances cause pain and discomfort. DTD Charity were able to help with the purchase of a scooter. Ieva is delighted to be re-gaining her independence and freedom.
Nicola has cerebral palsy and was no longer able to manage her manual wheelchair. She and her family had saved hard to allow Nicola to fund the adaptations of her own home in Birmingham to allow her to live independent. She had to defer her college teaching course as the electric chair temporarily provided by Wheelchair Services was just not suitable. A number of charities, including DTD Charity were able to help by contributing towards a suitable chair for Nicola. She writes to say, ‘The Dragon powerchair really is fantastic, thanks so much for your support with purchasing it: it makes my busy life better and easier in so many ways, from social interaction with people standing up, to playing with my cat on the floor, to picking things up i
Nirav, from Nottingham, has merosin deficit congenial muscular dystrophy and is reliant on an electric wheelchair for all his mobility needs. His previous chair was old and had been discontinued meaning he could no longer get replacement parts. DTD Charity were able to help by contributing towards his new chair which in turn has helped Nirav to continue to be an active member of the Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Trailblazers, a network of young disabled people who campaign to remove the barriers that prevent them from living full and independent lives. He writes to say, ‘I sit a lot straighter and I feel and the seat raising function has definitely been a life changer. Many many thanks once again for all your assistance.’
After a work place accident Shernett was left as a wheelchair user and was issued with an electric wheelchair. However this chair is for indoor use only and is not suitable to be taken outside leaving Shernett housebound. The waiting list for a suitable chair was so long that Shernett was advised by for local NHS Trust to seek funding to purchase a suitable chair privately. DTD Charity has been able to assist with a contribution towards a reconditioned electric wheelchair. Shernett writes to say, ‘It has been great to finally having something to help me get out of my house. I am truly grateful for the help you have shown. Thank you all so much’.
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