Electric Wheelchair

Electric Wheelchair

1st June 2017

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

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Electric Wheelchair

Electric Wheelchair

11th May 2017

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.’


Electric Wheelchair

Electric Wheelchair

7th April 2017

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’.


Extension

Extension

24th April 2017

Richard, in his 30’s, lives with his mum and step dad. He has Downs Syndrome and Asbergers and finding it increasingly difficult to manage the stairs and get to the only bathroom. This was leading to a number of behavioural issues. Unfortunately the house wasn’t suitable for a stair lift and supported accommodation elsewhere didn’t work out for Richard either. The family successfully applied for a disability facilities grant to build a downstairs bedroom and wetroom. They funded some of the work themselves and DTD Charity also contributed. We have heard that Richard loves his new room and is interacting so much more with his family.


Pod Chair

Pod Chair

3rd March 2017

Yashfa and her brother, who has learning difficulties, live with long term foster carers in Nottinghamshire. Yashfa has an undiagnosed neurological / genetic condition and is very poorly. She has a tracheotomy and a gastrostomy, poor sight as well as regular seizures. DTD Charity helped by funding a p pod chair with a lap tray. This has made a huge difference to family life and Yashfa’s foster mum writes to say, ‘Thank you so much. I cannot tell you what a difference this will make to Yashfa. It will be so lovely for her not lying on the sofa and being able to join us in the kitchen and around the house. It's not only about the money but knowing people care. Thanks once again.’


Quickie Salsa

Quickie Salsa

24th March 2017

With a slowly degenerating form of muscular dystrophy Jane was finding that she was losing more and more of her independence and becoming totally reliant on her husband Ralph. DTD Charity were able to assist with funding towards a riser recliner wheelchair. Jane writes to say, ‘I feel safe and comfortable and can even have a sleep in the chair when it is reclined!!! It has attendant controls as well so if I don't feel well enough to drive myself my husband can take over… there will be no stopping me!!! May I take this opportunity to thank you once again for your kind generosity and support.’


Football Powerchair

Football Powerchair

14th March 2017

Sam, who is 18, lives in Mansfield with his parents and his twin brother. He is a keen sportsman and plays powerchair football in spite of his duchenne muscular dystrophy. Sam’s previous sports chair was suitable for him back in 2010 when he got it however things have moved on since then, not least the fact Sam has grown-up. With ambitions to play at a higher level it was important that Sam’s chair was updated and DTD Charity were able to assist with costs. Sam wrote to say, ‘Thank-you, this really means a lot.’ Here’s to wishing Sam and the Nottinghamshire Powerchair Football Club success in 2017.


Mountain Trike

Mountain Trike

23rd February 2017

David and his family live in rural Leicestershire. David has motor neurone disease and uses a manual wheelchair for work and day to day getting around which he funded himself. Unfortunately this chair is only suitable for inside and town living and not suitable for the outdoor life that David’s family enjoy. DTD Charity was able to assist by contributing towards a mountain trike that allows David, his wife and their three young children to enjoy the surrounding countryside. The trike can be adapted in the future to meet David’s ongoing needs. David writes to say, ‘Being able to join in with walks again has made a huge difference to the family. Once again, many thanks for helping us to get here.’


Stephen

Stephen

15th February 2017

Stephen, who lives in Nottingham, has cerebral palsy. He has a special chair at work and a large electric wheelchair at home, both suit his needs well. The problem was that between the two he had to use a manual wheelchair which meant he needed someone to push him. This curtailed his independence and made going out and about more difficult than it needed to be. DTD Charity was able to help by contributing towards a light weight electric wheelchair. Stephen wrote to say, ‘Your support is very much appreciated and I shall look forward to new adventures and activities.’


Jayne

Jayne

10th February 2017

Walking her children to school in the morning was not feasible for Jayne from Stourbridge, due to severe rheumatoid arthritis. Nor was playing in the park or many family activities most of us take for granted. DTD Charity were able to contribute towards a mobility scooter and Jayne writes to tell us the positive impact this has had on her and her family, ‘We have been able to do more as a whole family, which we are all so happy and excited about. I am able to walk my youngest to school regularly again and he is delighted and much more secure, and I fell like a functioning mummy again!’


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