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£900 for Safe Space Travel Pod

October 2015

The mum of a 6 year old boy with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder applied to ACT for help to fund a mobile safe space.  The little boy has severe and complex social, communication and interaction difficulties and can self-harm and be very destructive around the home requiring close supervision at all times.  His mum's application to ACT was for help to fund a mobile safe space to enable the family to be able to take trips and stay overnight with other family members in order to have a break.  The safe space provides him a safe environment and prevents him from banging his head and self harming.  The family had already raised half of the funds they required and ACT were pleased to be able to donate the £900 shortfall.

£2K for Cyber Cafe for Disabled People

October 2015

Disabled on Line is a registered charity dedicated to supporting disabled people of all ages and with all forms of disability.  They run a cyber cafe in Trowbridge, Wiltshire where they provide computer access, IT training and give assistance and advice to people free of charge.  The cafe is open 3 days a week and approximately 1,000 people benefit from their services every year.  In addition, the cafe provides a safe, friendly and sociable environment where users can meet new friends.  ACT were delighted to pledge £2K to help them to continue to provide this service. 

£400 for Wheelchair Power Pack

October 2015

The OT of a 52 year old lady applied to us for assistance to fund a wheelchair power pack.  The lady has many complex medical conditions such as chronic renal failure, Chrohns disease, epilepsy, osteoporosis and severe curvature of the spine.  She suffered a bilateral hip fracture and pelvic fracture which has resulted in her becoming wheelchair dependent for the rest of her life however due to her frailty and poor physical health she is unable to self propel for long distances.  The provision of a power pack for her current wheelchair will enable her to regain some independence and access her local community which will, no doubt, have a positive impact on her life.  ACT were pleased to be able to pledge £400 to help her out.

£150 for Small Household Aids

September 2015

A 50 year old man's Occupational Therapist applied to us for help to fund small household items that will assist him with his independent living.  The man has had mental health issues in the past and he was born with deformities to both hands which restrict his grip and fine motor skills.  This can make the simplest of tasks very tricky in and around the home.  The items, which include specialist cutlery, kitchen equipment and bathing aids will make preparing food and personal hygiene easier for him.  ACT were delighted that our small donation could make such a big difference !

£2K for Computer Equipment

September 2015

Age UK Andover and District is a registered charity with the aim to promote the relief and well-being of older people throughout the Test Valley area of Hampshire.  Amongst their many activities, they provide information and advice, an advocacy service, befriending service and social activities.  Their application to ACT was for help to carry out an upgrade of the IT equipment they use in their office and for new equipment to enable them to cope with the increasing demand for their team of trained volunteers to visit the elderly in their own homes.  The upgrade is timely as they are due to merge with another small Age UK office in Winchester with the new organisation to be known as Age UK Mid-Hampshire.  ACT were pleased to be able to donate the £2K required to upgrade their Mail Exchange Hosted Service.

£5K for Learning for Life

September 2015

Learning for Life is a registered charity that provides essential services to the disabled and disadvantaged and their carers in Swindon and Wiltshire.  They offer education, training and personal development opportunities that promote choice, control and equality and help approximately 350-400 people per annum.  They applied to ACT for help towards the continuation and growth of their beneficiary development programme - the provision of life skills workshops to help with wellbeing, work skills and independent living.  ACT were pleased to donate £5K to help them to continue their work.

£630 for a Clos-o-mat Toilet

September 2015

A 70 year old severely disabled lady applied to us for help to complete the funding she required to be able to install a specialist Clos-o-Mat automatic shower toilet.  The lady, who has suffered with early onset osteoarthritis since the age of 40, has many other associated medical conditions resulting in her being confined to the downstairs of her home.  Her Occupational Therapist recommended this vital piece of equipment and it has made the world of difference to her life and given her back independence and dignity.  ACT were pleased to be able to donate the £630 balance required.

£10K for equipment for new Centre

August 2015

Leeds Mencap is a registered charity that provides essential support, advice and care to over 250 children and adults with learning disabilities per week as well as their families and carers.  Demand for their services has meant that they have outgrown their current premises and once they have raised the last tranche of money needed they will be moving to new premises which will double their space.  The vision they have is to create a vibrant Centre that will be a learning hub for all learning disability organisations across Leeds as well as housing all of their own core services.  The new Centre has seen generous pledges from Leeds Community Foundation and other trusts and foundations. Their request to ACT was for help to fund some of the vital equipment they will need at the end of the build such as a mobile changing/nursing bench and a ceiling track hoist.  ACT were delighted to be able to pledge £10K towards these essential items and wish them good luck in their final fundraising efforts and in their new home ! 

£500 for Mobility Scooter

August 2015

A 46 year old mum of 3 children applied to ACT for help to fund a mobility scooter.  The mum who has a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis suffers bilateral leg weakness which makes even short journeys challenging for her. Unfortunately her car is no longer road worthy and without any transport she is unable to access the local community, complete the school run or take the childen to the park.  Her application to ACT was for help to fund a mobility scooter that is suitable and appropriate for her needs.  ACT were pleased to pledge £500 to the scooter which will help her to maintain independence and enjoy her family.

£750 Pledge for a Profiling Bed

August 2015

The family of an 83 year old man applied to us for help to fund a specialist profiling bed.  The man is a double amputee and has a history of mental health issues.  He has lived with his daughter and family for the past 20 years and is fully reliant on them for all aspects of his daily care.  The bed he currently has is low to the ground and unsafe for family and carers when they are trying to transfer him as there is a risk of him falling.  The profiling bed will make the task of dressing him easier and less time consuming for them - they sometimes have to carry out this task 4 times a day.  The bed will also provide him with a level of comfort he does not have at the present time.  ACT were pleased to be able to make a pledge of £750. 

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