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£5K for The South Wales Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre

August 2017

South Wales Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre is a registered charity that provides a range of services such as physiotherapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy to people with MS.  Their treatments are offered as a means to help those suffering cope with their illness and to provide relief from its symptoms.  The centre also provides services to people who have suffered a stroke, have arthritic conditions, diabetes and to those who have suffered injuries such as ligament strains or limb fractures as the hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been found to promote healing.  They receive no government funding and are reliant on the generosity of the local community to keep going.  The application to ACT was for help to fund a new Oxygen Chamber which can hold 9 people.  This would significantly improve waiting times for this popular therapy and allow the centre to increase its revenue as they would be able to treat more clients.  ACT's pledge of £5,000 will help them on their fundraising way.

 

£5K to Crossroads Care, Surrey

August 2017

Crossroads Care Surrey (CCS) exists to improve the quality of life for disabled and vulnerable people living in Surrey and their volunteer carers.  The charity operates 9 adult social clubs including one which is specifically available to those with dementia.  They do this to help combat the feelings of isolation and loneliness felt by a vast number of older people and to provide a few hours respite to those who care for them.  The clubs provide an opportunity for people with varying disabilities to engage with each other in a range of activities including baking, gardening, choir and memory and ball games for a few hours a day during most weekdays and on Saturdays.  A home-made meal is always provided.  CCS's application was for help with funding of equipment and resources for five of the clubs where equipment is required.  ACT were delighted to be able to pledge £5,000.

£2,500 to Portland College

July 2017

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.  

£1,500 for a Wall Mounted Hoist

July 2017

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.