Dan Maskell Tennis Trust provides new tennis wheelchair to Ebony Court
Before receiving her grant for a custom made RGK grand slam tennis wheelchair, Ebony Court was using a chair that was uncomfortable to sit in for long periods of time, causing her severe pain. The old chair caused pain especially in her legs and spine as she didn't have the correct support or strapping, this also made the spasms in her legs caused by her cerebral palsy worse due to the pressure from the straps across the top of her legs which had to be made tighter as she had grown taller. This didn’t make for a pleasant tennis experience and it’s a wonder Ebony could keep playing at all!
Ebony applied for a grant through the Dan Maskell Trust which was successful. Her custom made chair is not only much more comfortable to sit in, but she can also move so much easier around court as the old chair had become heavy and difficult to move. Since having the new chair Ebony has been able to increase the amount of time she spends on court as she is so much more comfortable. It has also increased her confidence because she is not struggling with pain or finding it hard to move on court which was very frustrating for her.
Being on the tennis court is something that Ebony has really come to enjoy and after her sessions she comes off court feeling that not only has she had a good workout but her mental health has had a much needed boost.
Dan Maskell Tennis Trust supports The Children's Trust, Tadworth
The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust has donated tennis equipment to The Children's Trust in Tadworth. Their Head of Therapy Rehabilitation commented:
“We use the kit within our sports sessions and day to day physio including for the visit with Tim Henman. It has enabled us to increase the sport offer as we now have more appropriate equipment. Just having more equipment means that more children can take part in group activities.
The inclusion of sports at The Children’s Trust has increased significantly over the last year; we want to make sure that children have an active life after their brain injury and are physically fit and active. We know that children and young people with an acquired brain injury are less likely to engage in sport and get fewer opportunities, so we want to raise expectations and increase opportunities whilst the children are with us. Tennis is very motivating and a great way to work on physical, communication social and organisational skills.