An application was made to us by the mother of a 4 year old girl for help to fund an epilepsy alarm. The little girl has a learning disability and many other complications, as well as epilepsy, that require a high level of care and supervision. She has significant sleep difficulties and needs round the clock supervision during the night in case she suffers a seizure. The alarm entails a sensor being placed under her mattress which constantly monitors movement and will trigger an alert if it detects movement consistent with a seizure. If a seizure is detected, the control unit will send an alert to a pager so that her parents can provide immediate assistance. ACT were pleased to be able to make a donation to this vital piece of equipment that will hopefully provide the family with some peace of mind.
£300 for an Epilepsy Alarm
£500 Pledge for Body Pillow
An application was received for a vibro acoustic body pillow for a 4 year old boy. The little boy who has a diagnosis of autism recently underwent surgery on his spine for a spinal compression resulting from an arachnoid cyst which was affecting his mobility and balance. The foam edged pillow is filled with beans that mould to the body to hold the user in place and the built in speaker sends out vibrations that are ideal for relaxing tight muscles and stimulating circulation. This pillow will provide comfort following his surgery and will help with the development of his sensory awareness. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge £500.
£2,350 Pledge for Mobility Aids
The Kent MS Therapy Centre is the only dedicated therapy Centre in the south and east of Kent. It supports people suffering with Multiple Sclerosis and provides a range of non-invasive therapies which help to relieve the symptoms of MS thus improving quality of lives. The Centre does not benefit from any government or NHS funding and is reliant on charitable donations and fundraising activities to continue their vital services, currently accessed by 590 members. The charity's application to ACT was for a "Sara Stedy", a piece of equipment to help with the moving and handling of people with limited or impaired mobility. Many members feel very confident using this standing aid and it enables them to access the bathroom facilities at the Centre and alleviates anxiety. ACT were delighted to pledge funding for 2 aids.
£2K for resources for children with mental health issues
MedEquip4Kids is a registered charity that aims to improve the health of children and and babies by providing equipment that is not available from the NHS's limited resources. For the past year they have been fundraising to support Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to help to improve the mental health of affected children across the UK. CAMHS work with children with conditions such as autism, ADHD, depression, eating disorders, self-harming, anxiety and many more. The work CAMHS does can be life-changing however the rising demand for their services has left them seeking funds for vital resources such as communication aids, reference books, stress toys, etc. which they rely on as part of their therapeutic work to engage the children. ACT's £2K pledge will help to support this vital work.
£900 for Safe Space Travel Pod
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
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
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
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
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
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.