A young man who has a mid thoracic complete paraplegia following a road traffic accident applied to us for help to fund a SmartDrive Power Assist to his manual wheelchair. The man suffers with pain in his shoulders and has had to undergo surgery to relieve this. He also has pain in his hands which affects him being able to propel his wheelchair. His Consultant Surgeon says the provision of the SmartDrive will help to reduce his current symptoms and will prevent future problems to his shoulders and hands. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a donation of £2K to help him on his fundraising way.
£2K for SmartDrive Power Assist
£3,350 to Dingley's Promise
Dingley's Promise is a registered charity with the mission to deliver life changing support to under 5's with additional needs and disabilities and their families by providing specialist learning through play, family support and training. They also offer advice to mainstream settings. They have 3 Centres located in Newbury, Wokingham and Reading and their main objectives are to reach as many children as possible, ensure every child transitions to the best educational option for them when they leave Dingley, offer year round support to both parents and children, network and signpost to ensure all of the child's needs are met and ensure parents are given choices and their voices are heard. Their application to ACT was for a mobile and height adjustable changing table for their Newbury Centre. Many of their children they look after have autism, Asperger's syndrome, cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, global developmental delay, physical disabilities and life-limiting conditions. They wear nappies beyond the typical toddler stage and staff are required to change nappies for older and heavier children. ACT were delighted to be able to fund this essential piece of equipment which will ease manoeuvrability, be safer and be more hygienic.
£5,000 for Bradbury Fields
Founded in 1857, Bradbury Fields is the oldest and largest provider of services for people with sight loss in Merseyside. They offer a wide range of services and activities from rehabilitation training to benefits advice and counselling to more than 1,500 people per year. They also organise social activities to help combat feelings of isolation, loneliness and depression which often accompany sight loss. Their aim is to promote independence, offer emotional support and to provide practical solutions to everyday difficulties faced by their users. Their application to ACT was for help to fund the conversion of their existing reception area to provide a new reception area/resource centre where they will have the space they need to be able to demonstrate specialist equipment and technology to those requiring assistance. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a donation of £5,000.
£2,500 for Eye Gaze System
An application to help fund an Eye Gaze system was received on behalf of an 8 year old little girl who has quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, global developmental delay and many other complications. The little girl is non verbal however when offered symbols to answer questions about her wants she is able to communicate them using the eye gaze system. Being able to communicate in this way is life changing for the little girl and will help promote her communications skills and, in time, her learning. ACT were delighted to be able to donate £2,500.