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Closed 10/11/2020

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£2,735
raised of £4,000 target by 83 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,735 to help fund a wheelchair and add-ons to allow me to attend university and complete my studies.

    West Sussex
    Funded on Tuesday, 10th November 2020

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    Story

    I'm going to be attending University in September and I need to fund my wheelchair before then. As a young person I want to enjoy and experience uni life to the fullest and to do that I need a wheelchair. I really want the chance to succeed at education and to study a subject I love. I'm going to be studying biomedical science at Surrey University and I am really looking forward to it - I have a confirmed place. I want to give myself the best chance at succeeding.

    A wheelchair will help to give me back my independence.

    I have EDS (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) this is a connective tissue disorder and affects me in many ways - the most obvious is frequent daily subluxations and dislocations. It's thought to cause my other physical conditions POTS and ME/CFS. POTS causes problems with my autonomic nervous system meaning I get very dizzy when standing, my heart rate is rapid and my limbs are numb due to blood pooling. ME/CFS causes me intense fatigue and 'crashes' these episodes are intense and occur daily.

    All of this means I find it very hard to get out of the house. It's impossible without the aid of my wheelchair. The wheelchair I have isn't suitable to be used daily and outside. It's heavy and cumbersome - I need an ultralight wheelchair that's made for me.

    I need an ultralight wheelchair with the possibility of power add-on depending on how much we can raise. I also need to fund OT assessment costs. The wheelchair itself can vary in prices depending on what make/model and add-ons I need. The money raised will go directly to funding my wheelchair and any add-ons.

    I'm currently looking at the Kuschall KSL or the Kuschall K-series these are rigid active chairs which are designed for everyday use. The base prices for these chairs are around £2700 and £2300 with add-ons such as flattened hand-rims to stop my thumbs dislocating, better seating to support my back and a flat solid carbon fibre footplate they come to around £3900. Lighter materials also cost more. How much I am able to raise will influence what I am able to go for. A possible power add on could be the Alber e-motion wheels these run for nearly £5000 or the Alber Twion which is around £4500.

    Alongside my fundraising I will be applying to charities to help fund the total cost of £8000.

    Thank you for reading and I hope you can help!

    My paypal link is paypal.me/abimat if you prefer to donate that way.

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    • Abi Hayes7 months ago
      Abi Hayes

      Abi Hayes

      7 months ago

      Thank you all for the support so far! I'm waiting to hear back from a few charities which may be able to help with some funding. I can't wait for the new chair and to start university. It seems to all be coming together slowly! If you could share this post to help get my wheelchair before I start university I would be very thankful <3 Thank you again!

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    • Abi Hayes7 months ago
      Abi Hayes

      Abi Hayes

      7 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      I can't believe we've made it this far! Thank you so much to everyone who has shared and donated. When I started fundraising I never expected to even come close to this! The support has been overwhelming. If you can please continue to share! Thank you again to everyone <3

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    • Abi Hayes7 months ago
      Abi Hayes

      Abi Hayes

      7 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      We're so close to £2000 it's unbelievable! If we reach the goal I'll be able to get the wheelchair a few months ahead of schedule which would be so amazing! Thank you again to everyone who has donated and shared! If you can continue to share it would mean so much to me. Thank you!!

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    8 months ago

    Abi Hayes started crowdfunding

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    Page last updated on: 9/22/2020 20.32

    Supporters

    83

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 22, 2020

      All the Best

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 6, 2020

      Good luck with university. We hope this will help you on your way.Love Gil and Mike

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 5, 2020

      £5.00

    • Ethan McCulloch

      Ethan McCulloch

      Sep 3, 2020

      I hope you are doing well. Good luck with University.

      £10.00

    • Natalie

      Natalie

      Sep 3, 2020

      Wishing you good luck at Uni. Xx

      £20.00

    • Mark Lisa and Billy Carter

      Mark Lisa and Billy Carter

      Aug 30, 2020

      Good luck at Uni!

      £40.00

    • Kay Campbell

      Kay Campbell

      Aug 28, 2020

      Abi, good luck with the fundraising and enjoy University.

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