Portland College is a charity that since 1949 has been reaching out to vulnerable young people who have severe disabilities and life-limiting health concerns. They seek to deliver health and wellbeing transformational change for their learners and help the wider community. The application they made to ACT was for funding towards equipment for their Recovery College project - an integrated care and coordinated approach for young adults who have a mental health challenge in order to facilitate long-term change. Portland College will be working with 250 young people to identify their individual needs together with the skills and abilities they have and to agree a plan on the way forward for them. They will work closely with Nottingham Healthcare Trust delivering coping strategies, workshops on health, wellbeing and employment, coping strategies and support towards long-term employment opportunities. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge £2,500 towards their equipment needs.
£2,500 to Portland College
£1,500 for a Wall Mounted Hoist
We received an application from the mother of a 10 year old boy who has cerebral palsy. The boy, a full-time wheelchair user, is hoisted for all transfers. He uses an aid and Makaton to communicate. His mum's request to ACT was for help to fund a hoist capable of transferring him from his wheelchair to the outside hot tub he uses to treat painful spasms in his lower limbs. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a £1,500 donation to help the family with the cost of an appropriate hoist which was fully supported by his OT.
£2K for SmartDrive Power Assist
A young man who has a mid thoracic complete paraplegia following a road traffic accident applied to us for help to fund a SmartDrive Power Assist to his manual wheelchair. The man suffers with pain in his shoulders and has had to undergo surgery to relieve this. He also has pain in his hands which affects him being able to propel his wheelchair. His Consultant Surgeon says the provision of the SmartDrive will help to reduce his current symptoms and will prevent future problems to his shoulders and hands. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a donation of £2K to help him on his fundraising way.
£3,350 to Dingley's Promise
Dingley's Promise is a registered charity with the mission to deliver life changing support to under 5's with additional needs and disabilities and their families by providing specialist learning through play, family support and training. They also offer advice to mainstream settings. They have 3 Centres located in Newbury, Wokingham and Reading and their main objectives are to reach as many children as possible, ensure every child transitions to the best educational option for them when they leave Dingley, offer year round support to both parents and children, network and signpost to ensure all of the child's needs are met and ensure parents are given choices and their voices are heard. Their application to ACT was for a mobile and height adjustable changing table for their Newbury Centre. Many of their children they look after have autism, Asperger's syndrome, cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, global developmental delay, physical disabilities and life-limiting conditions. They wear nappies beyond the typical toddler stage and staff are required to change nappies for older and heavier children. ACT were delighted to be able to fund this essential piece of equipment which will ease manoeuvrability, be safer and be more hygienic.
£5,000 for Bradbury Fields
Founded in 1857, Bradbury Fields is the oldest and largest provider of services for people with sight loss in Merseyside. They offer a wide range of services and activities from rehabilitation training to benefits advice and counselling to more than 1,500 people per year. They also organise social activities to help combat feelings of isolation, loneliness and depression which often accompany sight loss. Their aim is to promote independence, offer emotional support and to provide practical solutions to everyday difficulties faced by their users. Their application to ACT was for help to fund the conversion of their existing reception area to provide a new reception area/resource centre where they will have the space they need to be able to demonstrate specialist equipment and technology to those requiring assistance. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a donation of £5,000.
£2,500 for Eye Gaze System
An application to help fund an Eye Gaze system was received on behalf of an 8 year old little girl who has quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, global developmental delay and many other complications. The little girl is non verbal however when offered symbols to answer questions about her wants she is able to communicate them using the eye gaze system. Being able to communicate in this way is life changing for the little girl and will help promote her communications skills and, in time, her learning. ACT were delighted to be able to donate £2,500.
£10K for North East Autism Society
The North East Autism Society is the largest specialist provider of services and support for almost 400 children, young people and adults affected by autism in the region. This includes two schools, a college and enterprise centre, a supported employment programme, residential care, short-breaks, therapy and family development and support. Additionally NE-AS provide training for employers to help to create opportunities for people with autism. With increasing demand for their services, they applied to us for help to fund the build of 4 bespoke, fully accessible 4-bed lodges to provide respite care for disabled people - one will be specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with physical disabilities. The new lodges will sit alongside their existing two and will be utilised for respite and holiday lettings. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a donation of £10K.
£5,900 for Richard House Hospice
Richard House Children's Hospice in East London provides specialist care to babies, children and young adults who have life-shortening or complex health conditions such as heart failure, muscular dystrophy and cancer. Their services have been available to 300 families each year free of charge since 2000 and include; end of life care, respite breaks, pre/post bereavement support, transition support from childhood to adulthood and social activities for famililes. The application they made to ACT was for a donation to purchase medical equipment such as oxygen cylinders, oxygen masks, syringe drivers and heart rate monitors. ACT were pleased to be able help out with this vital equipment.
£3K for The Norman Laud Association
The Norman Laud Association is a registered charity based in Sutton Coldfield that provides respite care for children and young adults with special needs and support for their families. They have recently moved their childrens service to a more cost effective building and require a modern, safe and comfortable sensory room which will provide stimulation to the children as well as offering fun, stimulation and relaxation. ACT were delighted to be able to pledge £3K towards the sensory equipment they require.
£500 Pledge for Power Pack/Powered Wheelchair
We received an application from a 52 year old man who has a tumour in his spine causing him mobility issues and pains in his legs. His request was for help to fund a power pack for his manual wheelchair or a new powered wheelchair and this request was fully supported by his GP. The man struggles with his weight due to his poor mobility and the addition of a power pack to his wheelchair or a powered wheelchair will take the strain from his wife who also suffers with ill health. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a donation of £500.