The Physiotherapist of a 12 year old who has four limb cerebral palsy applied to us for a specialist pacer gait trainer. This young person requires support in all positions as he is unable to roll, sit, stand or walk independently and he uses a wheelchair and supportive equipment throughout each day. He is PEG fed and communicates with his eyes and some gestures. He has recently been practicing walking using a hoist and with two adults supporting him and has really enjoyed it. This has led to him trialling a specialist gait trainer which he has started to move independently. His Physiotherapist fully supports his application and says he will benefit from the walker as it will allow him to exercise and improve his muscle strength, endurance and stamina. It will also help to reduce chest infections and prevent migration of his hips and possible bone sugery in the future. ACT were delighted to be able to pledge a donation of £2,500.
£2,500 for a specialist Pacer Gait Trainer
£7,468 for BeFriends
BeFriends is a Dundee based charity that was established in 1981 with the aim of providing help and support to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people (aged 5-18) in the Dundee area. Through its befriending service, fully trained and vetted volunteers of the charity seek to make positive change to the lives of the children, raise aspirations and help them to realise their potential, build upon skills and abilities, enhance social and communication skills and encourage responsibility for behaviour and actions. The children and volunteers enjoy activities together once per week or once every two weeks. These activities provide the opportunity to have fun and gain new experiences and are a time when discussions can open up about any problems or difficulties the child/young person may be having. ACT were pleased to be able to help with a donation of £7,468 towards outings, activities and equipment.
£15K for Crossroads Care
Crossroads Care has been an accredited provider of care for over 30 years, holding several contracts with local councils. They provide support throughout Oxfordshire, West Berkshire and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead offering a range of different services including short-term holiday breaks and day trips for children with disabilities and complex care needs (including those with autism, physical disabilities and life-limiting illnesses). The charity has two adapted caravans on a holiday park in Minehead which they use throughout the year and employ staff who are fully trained in all aspects of care for the 77 children who benefit. Recently however Crossroads lost their vital funding from Social Services and have had to seek funding elsewhere to be able to continue to offer this valuable respite. ACT were delighted to be able to donate £15K towards helping them to keep this part of their service going.
£1,070 for Electronic Magnifier
The mother of a 7 year old girl with a dignosis of ocular albinism applied to us for help to fund an electronic magnifier. The young girl is partially sighted and, aside from her main diagnosis, has many other vision complications. The provision of a specialist magnifier will enable her to enlarge books and homework which will be most useful in her studies for years to come. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a donation of £1,070 towards the total cost.
£25K for Isle of Wight Youth Trust
The Isle of Wight Youth Trust is a charity dedicated to supporting children and young people who are facing disadvantage on the Island. With their core focus being mental health, they seek to bridge the gap between statutory service provision and the needs of young people and do this by offering a range of services such as professional counselling. They are moving to new headquarters which will provide them with more space and this will help to lessen waiting times and deal with the increase in demand for their services. Their application to ACT was for capital assistance to help fund the move. ACT were pleased to be able to help with a donation of £25K.