Kathy's Story

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Kathy, smiling in a wheelchair in a garden.

Kathy's Story

Kathy is a 52 year old lady who suffered a spinal injury resulting in her being reliant on a wheelchair for all her mobility needs.  Further degeneration in her right shoulder and upper limbs meant that her ability to self-propel had become restricted and she was reliant on others to push her in her wheelchair, particularly when travelling long distances.

Kathy’s husband unfortunately suffers with rheumatoid arthritis and struggles to push her for long periods which means they have been restricted in the activities they can undertake.

Kathy applied to ACT for help to fund e-motion wheels - power assisted wheels that are mounted onto the wheelchair in place of the manual wheels.  The e-motion wheels work in conjunction with sensors that register the propelling movement to activate the electrical motor as and when required.  ACT's £1K donation meant that, with the help of The Bruce Wake Trust and Catherine House Trust, Cathy had the funds she required to get her wheels.

The addition of the e-motion wheels has enabled Kathy to be independent again with the added benefit that the strain previously put on her upper limbs has been reduced.  All of this has greatly improved the quality of her life and she has her independence.

Kathy says “ I am really pleased with my new wheels and have a new lease of life - thank you ACT Foundation ! “