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£346raised of £5,000 target by 10 supporters

Weʼre raising £5,000 to fund a hand cycle and a sports wheelchair. I want to be able to do badminton, karate and cycle to work. Access to property is now sorted.

Location
Gosport, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Time left
58 days to go

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For the last ten years I suffered with headaches. This progressed into my neck and left arm to my left hand. Pain was always the common factor.

In 2015, I was formally diagnosed with Chronic Regionals Pain Syndrome. The following months meant pain moving into my left hip and by October I was wheelchair bound.

For a year now I have been managing to fund my various wheelchairs and keep myself going. I work part time and studying for my masters in Applied Computing but the money doesn't stretch that far.

I want to spend more time outside and down the beach. I want to cycle to work and stay as independent as possible but all this speciality equipment comes with a large price tag.

I am past the self pity stage of my illness and fighting back. I am at the gym twice a week building up my arms so I can stay in a manual chair as long as long as possible. Eventually I will need an electric wheelchair but I will hold off as long as possible.

I am a fighter and I will keep fighting this for as long as I can. I will finance my living expenses. It is not fair for me to seek help with my day to day expenses.

£400 will finance a "free wheel" attachment which makes off road walks possible.

£1500 will finance a hand cycle to use to get to work and back in the warmer weather.

£2500 will finance a hybrid wheelchair attachement that allows my to use my wheelchair as a hand cycle or electric.

Anything more would help work with Hampshire County Council to change the access to my home so that it is wheelchair friendly and easy to access my car. I am still waiting for a quote for this.

I live with constant pain and have to take large amounts of medication to combat the pain but if I take more, the less I can do on my own. I want to be self sufficient .

I am keen to try wheelchair badminton and karate. All these require specialist equipment that is currently out of my reach. I may not get much support but I need to tell my story and ask for help.

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  • Darren Holloway

    Darren Holloway

    15 hours ago

    Darren Holloway

    Day 60: half way through. Today was a work day from home and managed to get loads done. When in pain I use work as a distraction. Wheelchair was meant to be delivered today but due to Christmas parcel levels I have had to rearrange to get delivered to my home address tomorrow as work is shut. Will be nice to try out my new sports wheelchair. Might try the gym again next week start to build up my strength again. Back is not healed but I can not keep laying down all the time. Need to get active and keep fit. Only way I can keep going.

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  • Darren Holloway

    Darren Holloway

    2 days ago

    Darren Holloway

    Day 59: one more day and I am half way through. After I will be rolling around on a freewheel free as a bird getting my arms nice and strong. I have also seen an amazing bit of tech that you click on to the back of a manual wheelchair and it connects to the floor with a powerful motorised wheel. You put on a wrist band and when oh push forward it keeps you going but stops as soon as you touch the wheels. No controls just normal movements but power when you need it. Guess what amazing tech costs £4500. A smart drive MX2. Look it up. Maybe 1 day

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  • Darren Holloway

    Darren Holloway

    3 days ago

    Darren Holloway

    Day 58: on time and only a few hours after my late post. Been in a mixed feelings today. I'm handling my drama but a close friend is being passed about without any care and attention and my heart is breaking for her. Except for 3 weeks where my back was healing, I was visiting her in southampton hospital to cheer her up so this post is dedicated to Lucinda a very dear friend who helped me when my life changed and I feel powerless to help her with hers. I even had to listen to old sad songs just to get my tears out. Wish I could do more :-(

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  • Thorngate Trust donation

    Thorngate Trust donation

    Dec 6, 2016

    £600 total donation already spent £399 on a new sports wheelchair. The rest has been added here

    £201.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 1, 2016

    £40.00

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    Anonymous

    Nov 28, 2016

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Darren Holloway

Darren Holloway

Gosport, Hampshire, United Kingdom

I am 35 years old and diagnosed with CRPS. I was made redundant in 2012 and decided to go to university. I graduated in July with a first class degree in software engineering. all with fighting an illness that makes you hurt and tired. I am a fighting everything and pushing back.

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