As with many of our applicants, Hannah Bullard does not qualify for a non-standard wheelchair on the NHS despite her physiotherapist, occupational therapist and rheumatologist all agreeing that she needed one in order to be able to leave the house independently.
Hannah has a permanent connective tissue disorder, as well as many other health conditions that mean she will require a liver transplant in the future. As it is, she is unable to walk without the use of aids such as crutches inside the house, but relies on a wheelchair being pushed by others to be able to manage outside.
Hannah explained “going to university is very important to me as I am very academic and want to study biomedical science to potentially go in to medical research.”
With such great ambition and not wanting to hold back such a bright prospect from attending university, and ultimately achieving a fantastic career, we decided to grant Hannah the power chair she needed. This has meant that the money Hannah raised herself will go towards a hoist for the car, a spare battery, insurance for the chair and annual servicing.
After receiving the power chair, Michelle (Hannah’s Mum) told us “having the power chair meant that we could actually extend the day in London and do something nice after Hannah’s hospital appointment. Hannah loves cooking and was desperate to explore Borough Market - something we were able to do with the chair”.
Michelle went on to say “Hannah has also been to Canterbury on the bus to meet a friend for the first time in 4 years! This new found freedom means the world to her, it really does. Something so simple, that most girls her age would usually take for granted but Hannah hasn't been able to do for so long, she now can!”