Your friends are fundraising. Don't miss out, opt in.

0

%

£220raised of £1,095 target by 10 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,095 to buy some independence

Manchester, United Kingdom

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a new type of fundraising where you can raise funds for your own personal cause, even if you're not a registered charity.

The page owner is responsible for the distribution of funds raised.

Story

Hi there!

My name is Katy, I’m 32 and I’m a bit broken. I‘ve got joint hypermobility (EDS) which in a nutshell means that my joints are too bendy. It used to be a great party trick, but now my joints dislocate and subluxate (a fancy word for partially dislocate) on a daily basis - usually several times a day. It’s as painful and annoying as it sounds.

For years my mobility has deteriorated, going from walking ok to having to wear ankle splints (so they don’t roll and dislocate while I’m walking), to having to use a walking stick most of the time. Then I got pregnant.

When you’re pregnant your ligaments relax, you know, so a baby can get out. Unfortunately my ligaments were already a bit rubbish. So when the relaxing happened, I ended up needing a wheelchair. I managed to get a second hand, broken, manual chair to manage through pregnancy but had to leave it at my Dad’s house when we moved home, and it’s been out in the rain and cold for almost a year. It’s really not useable any more.

Here’s the kicker.

I also have fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, so as well as my joints and ligaments being floppy and naff, I’m exhausted and in pain all over, all the time. As you can imagine, it makes life really awkward sometimes. Like when I need to get supermarket shopping or get to the doctors. It also means I can’t push myself in a manual wheelchair for more than a few seconds. Manual wheelchairs are great when you have someone to push them, they’re also over a thousand quid cheaper than powered wheelchairs.

So, good people, here is where I need your help. I’ve seen a powered wheelchair that will completely suit my needs. Unfortunately it’s more than I earn in a month. I’m getting a home assessment for accessibility needs/adjustments next month, but the assessor has said that NHS waiting lists for a wheelchair are long, especially if you don’t particularly need it for around the home.

Anything you can afford to donate will be greatly appreciated, if I manage to raise around half my goal I will be able to buy a mobility scooter. I‘ve set the goal at £1500 to cover the cost of the chair including VAT after justgiving fees have been deducted.

Share this story

Updates

4

  • Katy Shawcross1 month ago
    Katy Shawcross

    Katy Shawcross

    1 month ago

    Thank you to everyone that’s donated ❤️

    Share this update to help us raise more

  • Katy Shawcross7 months ago
    Katy Shawcross

    Katy Shawcross

    7 months ago

    Thanks for looking! A quick update - wheelchair services have said that I don’t qualify for a powered wheelchair because I wouldn’t be able to use it in my house (because the hallway and the doorway to the kitchen are too narrow). I’m heartbroken. The assessor said that the only way I would qualified for a powered chair is if we moved house - we only moved here in June!

    Share this update to help us raise more

  • Katy Shawcross9 months ago
    Katy Shawcross

    Katy Shawcross

    9 months ago

    Just to say thank you to everyone who has donated, if I’m eligible for the powerchair on the NHS and it’s stutable then I’ll use the donations to buy accessories for the chair (blanket, bag, cushion, drinks holder etc) and the home, and any leftover money will be donated to a local charity for disabled children.

    Share this update to help us raise more

10 months ago

Katy Shawcross started crowdfunding

Leave a message of support

Page last updated on: 7/19/2018 6:54 PM

Supporters

10

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 19, 2018

    £10.00

  • Bonder

    Bonder

    Jul 6, 2018

    Here's a small bit of help!

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 5, 2018

    £20.00

  • Vivek Gohil

    Vivek Gohil

    Jul 3, 2018

    Good luck with purchasing a wheelchair, more people should be donating!

    £30.00

  • Katie East

    Katie East

    Dec 4, 2017

    ❤️❤️❤️

    £50.00

  • Maria Greenall

    Maria Greenall

    Oct 23, 2017

    Hope you soon reach your target, Katy xxx

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 23, 2017

    £10.00

Katy Shawcross

Become a supporter

Help Katy Shawcross raise more

About the fundraiser
Katy Shawcross

Katy Shawcross

Manchester, United Kingdom

I’m Katy - I’m a disabled mum, I love comics, games, wrestling and craft stuff.

Report this Page

* JustGiving crowdfunders pay a small fee for our service. Find out how much it is and what we do for it.

Donate