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£1,592raised of £1,100 target by 53 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,100 to buy 2 lightweight wheelchairs for me

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom

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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 Davies4 days ago
    Nick Davies

    Nick Davies

    4 days 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 Davies4 days ago
    Nick Davies

    Nick Davies

    4 days 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 Davies4 days ago
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    Nick Davies

    4 days 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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  • 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

  • Nathalie Halter

    Nathalie Halter

    Nov 5, 2017

    Best wishes Nick. So sad about that...XXXXXXXXX

  • Forbes Stephenson

    Forbes Stephenson

    Nov 4, 2017

    Wish you all the best Nick!

    £50.00

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Nick Davies

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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