Heel & Toe supports children with profound physical disabilities from the North East region to live active, fulfilling, independent lives with the provision of free therapy. They offer a range of services, led by highly qualified therapists, to children of all ages from 3 months to 18 years. Their application to ACT was for funding towards the refurbishment of a community centre to turn it into a hydrotherapy centre. ACT were pleased to pledge a donation of £9K.
£9K for Heel & Toe Children's Charity
£2,500 for standing wheelchair
A 28 year old man who is paralysed from the upper chest down applied to us for assistance to fund a standing wheelchair. He is totally reliant on a wheelchair but needs to be able to stand up regularly to help maintain bone density, bladder/bowel function and blood circulation and to be able to continue working. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge £2,500 towards a new standing wheelchair.
£228 for C-Pen Reader
A 26 year old man who is unable to read or write due to a speech and language disability applied to us for help to fund a C-Pen Reader. This reader can read printed text out loud or through headphones which will widen his job opportunities and revolutionise his everyday life. ACT were delighted to be able to donate the £228 he required.
£15K for BOSP
Brighter Opportunities through Supported Play (BOSP) is an Essex based registered charity that supports families by providing short break care for their children and young adults aged 4 years and up who have complex disabilities and/or limited life conditions. Their application to ACT was for a contribution to their "Let's Go" club which is set up to encourage disabled young people (11+ years) to be comfortable out in the community. Through a wide range of activities they aim to develop "out and about" skills such as money handling, road awareness and development of social skills via exercises incorporated wherever attainable in the wider community. Their aim is to deliver 91 sessions over the course of the year which will allow 13 or more disabled people to benefit. ACT were delighted to be able to pledge a £15K contribution.
£2.5K for Specialist Hoist
We received an application from the father of a 13 year old boy who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His condition has deteriorated over recent months and he is now wheelchair dependent. He uses a hot tub to provide relief from muscle aches and stiffness associated with his condition and the family's request was for assistance to purchase a suitable specialist hoist to ease transferring him in and out of the hot tub. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a grant of £2500.
£25K to Carers Bucks
Carers Bucks is a registered charity based in Aylesbury that supports the health and wellbeing of more than 10,000 carers across Buckinghamshire. Their services are available for all age carers and include; advice, information, guidance and emotional support, training programmes including lifting and handling, managing challenging behaviour and mindfulness and young carers clubs and residential breaks. Their application to ACT was for help to fund a new "Same Chances" programme for young adult carers aged 16-25 to enable them to have the same chances as other people. The Same Chances model includes peer support groups, programmes to boost self confidence and employment readiness and workshops on practical subjects such as emergency first aid, lifting and handling. The programme will help many young people and ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a donation of £25K.