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£1,662raised of £1,100 target by 55 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,662 to buy 2 lightweight wheelchairs for me

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    Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Sunday, 24th December 2017

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    I need to buy 2 lightweight wheelchairs. I hope you will help me do this. Thank you.

    I was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS (Multiple Sclerosis) in 2009. It wasn’t too bad to start with but, as MS is a degenerative disease, it has predictably got worse. Much worse.

    For the last few years, I have managed to walk (just) with crutches. Now, I need to be in a wheelchair. To move about, I have to use my Rollator (it’s not designed for that) or literally crawl. The NHS has given me a wheelchair, but it’s so heavy, at 19.3Kg, that I can hardly lift it. And it’s too heavy for friends to lift into their car on the rare occasion I go out.

    I need a much lighter one quickly The NHS can’t help me, and certainly not fast enough. This is not just me moaning, but it's a national problem, as covered in the Guardian here.

    My situation is made more complicated by the need for 2 wheelchairs, one for inside and one for outside. Why? Because the house I rent was built in the 19th century, and cannot be adapted for wheelchair ramps. There’s a high threshold at the front door that my wheelchair has to be lifted over, so it needs to be as light as possible.

    I have been able to source an exceptionally lightweight wheelchair that is durable and comfortable enough for everyday use. The wheelchairs I have found so far cost £449 each excluding VAT, and weigh just 10.4Kg each, although I will continue to search for better deals. I have to pay JustGiving their 5%. Fortunately due to my disability, VAT will not be applicable on the wheelchairs, which will save me 20%.

    I can’t afford to buy them myself, as my condition leaves me unable to work, In fact I have reached the point where my GP says I can’t drive anymore. In the event that I exceed my target for this crowd funding campaign, I will be able to buy other more major disability aids and treatments, which will significantly improve my quality of life

    The strange thing is that I seem to help a lot of people online, as my Facebook food page, My Easy Suppers , now has nearly 22,000 fans. But it doesn’t make me any money! Many people have called me inspirational, and disabled people say I really help them by showing what I can do against very big odds. Even the MS Society published an article about me on their website blog. Why is this all strange? Because my 24/7 MS doesn’t make me feel in the slightest bit inspirational! Here's a video I made 6 months ago, before I had a wheelchair .

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    I hope you will help me now. It would change my life, which is far from easy, thanks to MS.

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    Thank you in advance for your help.

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    • Nick Davies2 months ago
      Nick Davies

      Nick Davies

      2 months ago

      I’ve discovered that the foot straps on the NHS wheelchair were essential, so I’m getting some for the new one. Over the last few days my right leg has stopped co-operating. I can’t straighten it at all. I need a foot strap to keep it on the footrest. They will be ordered very soon after the grass mats.

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    • Nick Davies2 months ago
      Nick Davies

      Nick Davies

      2 months ago

      And there’s another reason why I haven’t been seen bombing round the village in my wheelchair. The lawn outside my front door is so wet with the recent rain that the wheelchair sinks in to it and leaves deep gouges. If I use it too much, I’ll have a quagmire on my hands! So I’m sourcing some grass-mats so I can get out more. 2 other new wheelchairs on their way, one for upstairs.

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    • Nick Davies2 months ago
      Nick Davies

      Nick Davies

      2 months ago

      And there’s another reason why I haven’t been seen bombing round the village in my wheelchair. The lawn outside my front door is so wet with the recent rain that the wheelchair sinks in to it and leaves deep gouges. If I use it too much, I’ll have a quagmire on my hands! So I’m sourcing some grassmats so I can get out more. 2 other new wheelchairs on their way, one for upstairs.

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    55

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 24, 2017

    • Phil Cook

      Phil Cook

      Nov 23, 2017

      Keep on keeping on Nick.

      £20.00

    • miss hussain

      miss hussain

      Nov 16, 2017

      Pray to Allah, he is the greatest. I hope you reach your goal soon.

    • Margie Harrison-Marshall

      Margie Harrison-Marshall

      Nov 15, 2017

      Keep smiling Nick and keep getting out there where the action is

      £50.00

    • Caroline Edwards

      Caroline Edwards

      Nov 7, 2017

      Hi Nick . all the best . Will never forget all the support you gave me as a young wine merchant. Votre sante Reesling XXXX

      £100.00

    • Lis Allen

      Lis Allen

      Nov 6, 2017

      If I had one on, I'd take my hat off to you, sir. You're a shining example of tenacity, creative thinking and independence. All power to your new wheels! Lis x

      £20.00

    • ronna bourne

      ronna bourne

      Nov 5, 2017

      You will be wanting the full lycra outfit next ! Hope this helps you to get mobile very soon

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    Nick Davies

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    Wiltshire, United Kingdom

    I was diagnosed with MS in 2009. It’s a degenerative neurological disease that will never get any better. I'm 62 but, thanks to MS, I feel a lot older. I live in Wiltshire

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