Weʼve raised £700 to buy Melissa a wheelchair to allow her to become more independent
- Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
- Disability support
- Time left
- Funded on Tuesday, 17th October 2017
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Melissa lives with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Behcet's Syndrome, which limit her ability to walk. She experiences significant joint pain and fatigue every day and since starting to attend the University of Warwick in October, she has used a mobility scooter to get around. Although this has been a massive help and has seen her through her first year, it has become apparent that Melissa needs a wheelchair for indoor use and ease of travel to allow her to continue her studies to the best of her ability.
A lightweight, powered wheelchair would enable Melissa to become more independent. She is eager to be fully involved in her local communities both at university and at home in Pembrokeshire, where she regularly volunteers to help others, especially other disabled students. She has been elected Disabled Students' Officer at Warwick Students Union for the academic year 2017/18 and is looking forward to her new responsibilities when she returns to university in October. She is passionate about never letting her disability limit her in any way and the wheelchair would be a substantial step towards achieving this.
We have been advised that a wheelchair that would meet Melissa's needs will cost approximately £8,000 to £10,000. The wheelchair will be custom built to Melissa's personal features from lightweight aluminium and will have a unique folding system that will allow it to be stored in places as small as an overhead locker on a plane. It will include a power assist system, reducing the amount of effort and energy she will need to push the chair, allowing her to travel further.
We would appreciate any donations, no matter how small, to allow this intelligent young woman to meet her full potential and live a happy and independent life.
- 4 months ago
Melissa Martin4 months ago
We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who shared or donated to make it possible for Melissa to experience the newfound freedom she has with her fabulous new wheelchair, which she has affectionately named Orca. It's taking some getting used to but she's looking forward to lots of exciting adventures with it.
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Sep 14, 2017
Good luck for this!!
Neil & Wendy. xx
Sep 8, 2017
Best wishes in reaching your goal. x
Aug 16, 2017
Aug 3, 2017
Keep plugging away, Melissa! You're already a great credit to yourself! xxx
Jul 30, 2017
Good Luck Mel, hope you get your wheelchair soon, you'll be zipping about everywhere! :) x
Jul 29, 2017
Melisa - hey it's great to be able to help. I have an RGK chair and SmartDrive. My kit was part crowd funded by friends and family. The freedom and and independence that it creates is fantastic.
Jul 29, 2017
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Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
Melissa is a student at the University of Warwick who lives with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Behcet's Syndrome. She is passionate about equality and accessibility and has been elected Disabled Students' Officer at the Students Union.
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