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£2,562raised of £7,000 target by 94 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,562 to Nino Balance Wheelchair

    Eastbourne, United Kingdom
    Funded on Saturday, 23rd September 2017

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    Hi,

    I'm an 18 year old from Eastbourne with spastic cerebral palsy, which ultimately means I have always needed and will always need a wheelchair. Having been all I've known, living with a disability revolves largely around focusing on the positives, and throughout my life I've always strived for independence and my dreams. I learnt to drive 5 days after I was old enough, I got myself a job at my local Tesco's to be able to support myself financially, and I travelled over to Bexhill to go to college as they were the closest college available who did the course I was most interested in, and I've just left here with A*A*A at A-level and am now on to university.

    Despite all of these personal successes in my life, it is always tinged with the hardship of a life with disability. No matter how much I try to focus on the positives, the negatives are always there. I had to learn to drive early because even a trip to the local shops on my own would result in bloody thumbs and the need for a strong cup of tea and a nap when I got home after struggling with any bags. My A-level results allowed me to adjust my offer from Warwick university to UCL to study Classical Civilisation (Ancient History) there instead, but I had to turn down this opportunity after being told on the phone by disability services that my life there would be a struggle. Even still, university life won't be easy for me, and this is something I am strongly aware of, and something that worries me as I go on in my life.

    I try not to let my disability hold me back, and I ultimately have dreams of carrying on my degree in Classical Civilisation to something further. I was taken to Rome for my 18th birthday, and this trip opened my eyes to two things, the first being my love for the ancient world. As much as I wanted to see, however, there is no way I would have been able to traverse Rome on my own, and even with the support of three other people it was a massive struggle.

    The Nino Balance Wheelchair proposes a solution to this problem of independence. Below is an excerpt from their site.

    The Nino from Nino robotics is built on amazing, cutting edge, self-balancing technology. It is the future of personal mobility! This ultra lightweight balance wheelchair will take you anywhere you want to go - by car, train and even plane. The Nino can come with an optional travel case for those users on the go. The Nino uses self-balancing technology built by Ninebot - the perfect robotic companion to your daily lifestyle. Designed for users with good upper body strength, the Nino is controlled through the use of your core. Once the stabilising legs are disengaged, you operate the Nino by leaning forward to go, leaning back to brake and reverse and sitting straight to balance. The electronics manage the stability and the ensures the user is in control at all times.

    I had the privelege of trying something similar at my local park for an hour with Nick Webborn, the chair of the British Paralympic Association, and I can safely say that I have never felt such freedom, especially after trying the Nino itself at my home. It's difficult to convey the struggles of life with a disability, and whilst my story isn't unique or deserving of pity, I simply can't raise the funds on my own to buy one of these, and all government run services have simply turned me away. I still work at Tesco and am saving funds, but the Nino is a distant hope at this rate, and in the present I have a worry about my university life, which begins in October.

    It feels wrong to ask for the help of others in this, especially as focus in my life has always been on independence, but I just can't get this alone. I'm hoping to raise the money for a Nino in order to allow me freedom and independence in my life, which I can then use at university to achieve what I want to. I continue to struggle with depression and anxiety and take medication for this as I have done for a while, but after achieving A*A*A at A-level, I know that I have potential, and nothing would hit me harder than being held back because of my disability.

    Thank you for reading

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    • Connor Adolph1 year ago
      Connor Adolph

      Connor Adolph

      1 year ago

      Big shoutout to Oli, one of the most kind hearted people I know. Love you man x

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    • Connor Adolph1 year ago
      Connor Adolph

      Connor Adolph

      1 year ago

      Absolutely awe struck by the generosity of friends and strangers alike - thank you all so much. Definitely riding on a high right now, especially as one of my all time heroes, Mary Beard, shared my campaign about on twitter this morning. I'm still so lost for words!

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    Page last updated on: 9/18/2017 8:41 AM

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    94

    • Alistair Copeland

      Alistair Copeland

      Sep 18, 2017

      Good luck Connor, have a great time at university!

      £50.00

    • Jon Lewys

      Jon Lewys

      Sep 18, 2017

      Good luck with the crowdfunding ... hope you meet your target

      £10.00

    • stephen murtagh

      stephen murtagh

      Sep 15, 2017

      All the best Connor

      £50.00

    • J Diack

      J Diack

      Sep 15, 2017

      Congratulations, brilliant results for your exams. Hope you get the special wheelchair.

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 14, 2017

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 11, 2017

      Good luck and I hope you have a terrific time. x

      £50.00

    • Peter Brett

      Peter Brett

      Sep 11, 2017

      Every little helps....

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    Connor Adolph

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