Jacob's New Powerchair
Jacob is a 6-year-old boy with Cerebral Palsy. He loves to go out for walks with his dog, playing football, and throwing the ball around with his family. He has limited mobility and without the support of an appropriate powered wheelchair, his independence is limited. Jacob's family applied to AFK for help funding a powered wheelchair as he had out-grown his previous wheelchair and needed a new one more suited to his needs. Having a new chair would allow him to build his independence as he grows, enabling him to enjoy outdoor activities, to spend time with friends, excel in school, and go for days out with his family.
His chair was delivered at the end of October and his family got in touch to say, 'We have had the chair for a good few weeks now. It’s brilliant and Jacob is loving it! It’s even going back and forth to school and has given Jacob the independence he needs within his community. Can’t thank you all enough for the help provided, we are extremely grateful.'
A New Trike for Edward
Edward is a 14-year-old boy from Buckinghamshire with Cerebral Palsy. This summer AFK funded a brand-new specialist trike for him, to enable him to go out on bike rides with his family and to ride around the park independently.
When applying to AFK, Edward’s mother stated that the biggest reason for wanting a specialist trike for Edward was that it would enable him to learn and build his independence. With a custom trike built specially to meet his unique and individual needs, he could to go out and move around on his own whilst building both his muscle strength and his confidence. Edward’s trike allows him to build muscle tone in a controlled and fun way and will help him improve his walking skills, a goal of both his and his family’s.
Edward’s mother has gotten in touch a few times since his trike has been delivered, stating how beneficial the trike has been, both for his independence and his mental health. ‘Thank you so much for putting a smile on my son’s face. He is over the moon with his trike.’
Harry sees his new Powered Wheelchair for the First Time
Harry is a 12-year-old boy from Leicestershire. He is very sociable and bright and enjoys meeting new people and doing new things. He also loves the outdoors and going out to do activities such as visiting the zoo.
Harry has Cerebral Palsy and is profoundly deaf. He is a full-time wheelchair user and needs support with all his daily needs and activities. His family applied to AFK for a specialist powered wheelchair as his previous NHS manual chair was not suitable for his needs. Harry’s family said that having a powerchair would help him build his independence and allow him to engage in fun activities that he couldn’t in his manual chair. With a riser on his chair, he would be able to lower or raise his chair when visiting the zoo, to see the animals more easily.
Harry’s chair was delivered at the beginning of July. Harry’s mum Sam got in touch to say: “It’s brilliant! He took it to school for the last 3 days of term and the teacher said it’s life changing. He can be lowered right down for story/carpet time so he can be on the same level as his friends instead of towering over them. For the first time ever he has been able to sit at the table & be pushed completely underneath so the carers can sit opposite him. He looked around & looked so happy. The teacher said he was looking around like he was just like everyone else now!!! It’s brilliant we can’t thank you enough!!!”
The photo above is Harry’s face when his new powerchair was being delivered and he saw it for the first time.