A 56 year old man who is registered as severely sight impaired and who has a number of additional health problems applied to us to help fund a desktop electronic magnifier. The magnifier will assist him to read books and newspapers and help him in his daily life with reading hospital appointment letters, etc. ACT were pleased to pledge the shortfall of £750 he required.
£750 Pledge for a Desktop Electronic Magnifier
£5,000 for The Together Trust
Founded in 1870 the Together Trust is a registered charity that provides a range of social care, special education and community support services to over 1700 vulnerable children, young people and adults every year. This includes those with learning disabilities, autism spectrum conditions, behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, complex medical needs and sensory impairments. Together Trust's application to ACT was for funding towards bathroom adaptations at one of their specially adapted bungalows, Overdale, situated in Manchester. Overdale provides long-term residential care and is home to four children/young people aged 5-17 who have physical and or learning difficulties or other conditions that prevent them living with their families. The bungalow's bathroom was in need of a full makeover to improve levels of comfort and dignity for the residents and ACT were delighted to be able to help them reach their fundraising target with a pledge of £5,000.
£2,184 for Specialist Profiling Bed
The mother of a 29 year old man who has Fragile X Syndrome applied to us for help to fund a profiling bed for him. The man who requires 24 hour care has marked flexural deformities at both knees and will not be able to walk again leaving him bed bound. ACT were pleased to donate the £2,184 required to fund a new bed which will not only provide him with a level of comfort but also make helping him easier for his mother and carers.
£2,580 for Simeon Care
Simeon Care (part of Camphill), based in Aberdeen, is a registered charity which provides an 18 bed care home with nursing. Their elderly residents have dementia, physical and learning disabilities, Motor Neurone Disease and many other conditions associated with old age. The focus is on caring for their residents' social and psychological well-being and to achieve this they provide many activities such as baking, gardening and piano lessons in a "family" environment. Simeon Care is currently building a new 23 bed care home specifically designed to meet the complex and specialised needs of older people and their application to ACT was to help fund new nursing beds that will provide comfort and allow maximum care to be carried out in a dignified manner. ACT were pleased to be able to support them with their project.
£3,900 for a Stand Aid
Founded in 1984 by people whose lives were affected by Multiple Sclerosis, Sussex Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Centre has grown into a vibrant self-help community that offers a wide and varied programme of drug free therapies, classes and social activities for their 800 members. In addition, they are now supporting people with other long-term neurological conditions such as ME, Parkinson's disease, cerebral ataxia and those who have suffered strokes. Their application to ACT was for a stand aid and lifting cushion to enable their volunteers to transfer wheelchair users in a safe and dignified manner. ACT were delighted to be able to donate the £3,900 they required.
£2,000 Pledge for E-motion Wheels
A 60 year old lady who sustained a spinal injury following a car accident many years ago applied to us for help to fund E-motion wheels. Over the years, the lady has seen her upper limb strength decrease and her hands are now weak making it very difficult for her to propel the manual wheelchair she has. The provision of these wheels which will attach to her existing chair will enable her to remain independent and able to access her local community. ACT's pledge of £2,000 will help her on her fundraising way.
£1,870 pledge to Heathrow Special Needs Centre
Heathrow Special Needs Centre is a registered charity that aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged people, many with profound and multiple disabilities and special needs, by providing horse riding and animal care experiences. Additionally they are installing a not for profit cafe/Community Hub that will provide a genuine and structured work experience to their clients. ACT were delighted to pledge £1,870 towards equipment for the new cafe.
£300 pledge towards a mobility scooter
A 67 year old man who suffers with chronic lower back and leg pain as a result of spondylosis and osteoarthritis applied to ACT for help to fund a mobility scooter. His GP confirmed in his supporting letter that without a mobility scooter the man would be unable to mobilise and access his local community. ACT were pleased to be able to help.
£300 pledge towards a riser/recliner chair
The granddaughter of an 86 year old lady who has a history of suffering strokes amongst many other medical conditions applied to us for assistance to fund a riser/recliner chair. The specialist chair will help her to get up and down independently and provide her with a level of comfort.
£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.