We are very happy to share the good news that we have recently been able to help Paul-James, affectionately known as PJ, with a new wheelchair to improve his independence and ability to venture outdoors. PJ is almost 22 years old and has been diagnosed with Koolen-De-Vries Syndrome and EDS type 3. This makes him very hyper mobile and also has been diagnosed with Global Development Delay.
PJ had grown significantly during the first lockdown and it meant his old chair was now too small. PJ had been saving for his next chair and then his father, Paul, approached us to seek support. We were more than happy to be able to help and funded the £1500 purchase of his wheelchair. This is also a great news story for recycling and sustainability as Chris Cox from Cinques Ports Mobility advised us that the wheelchair had previously been used by an elderly lady only in a care home and the chair was in immaculate condition and so could be re-sold for new purpose and it is young PJ who will be able to enjoy many years of use from this wheelchair.
Paul has told us that "PJ is over the moon with it, he's taken to calling his wheelchair 'Landy'. During February the only place he's been able to take it is the back garden so he can enjoy the fresh air in comfort without worry. The family hopes once the pandemic has passed Paul-James will be able to enjoy going out and about to even more places. This new chair has given him a lasting smile and new found mobility which he'll never take for granted."
Paul also shared "What a difference people like you make, it's a huge change to someone like PJ's life. Many thanks again for all your help from you and your colleagues".