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£4,610raised of £24,000 target by 71 supporters

Weʼre raising £24,000 to fund a new wheelchair

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Who am I?

I am a 20-year old student currently studying an undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds. At the age of 10, I was diagnosed with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. A progressive degenerative muscle disorder. My condition means that I am unable to walk, and I have little to no upper arm strength.

My story

In 2011, I underwent spinal surgery and although it improved my respiratory health, I now deal with chronic pain in several areas of my body, in particular my hip and lower back. Part of this is due to spending prolonged periods of time in my chair, which is necessary for me to be able to be productive and achieve tasks during the day. Multiple transfers, to alleviate pain, leave me with no time to be able to go out, carry out my studies at university, have the time to socialise with friends or other activities; social, academic or personal. Transfers are also increasingly difficult after surgery due to a change in my posture and it is painful moving constantly from bed to chair as I cannot lie down without my hip ‘cracking’ first.

My current wheelchair has opened many doors for me and allowed me to live an independent life. In 2010, I was fortunate to receive a private chair which had many functions that have greatly improved my life. Sadly, my chair has reached its expiry date and no longer works as it used to with constant breakdowns occurring more frequently. I have the opportunity to get another private chair, but it comes with a hefty price tag of £24,000 and this is sadly above what I can afford. For this reason, I am appealing for funds from charities and attempting to self-fund part of the cost, so I can regain my freedom and independence.

The ability to own a private chair that can meet my needs has granted me many opportunities that I have taken full advantage of. I am currently attending university and having the ability to use the various functions on the chair has allowed me to relieve pain and pressure and therefore make the most of my university life. I have been in volunteering opportunities that have given me invaluable experience related to my degree programme and I have even received a reward for my work. The hours that I spent volunteering my time would not have been possible had I owned an NHS provided chair as it would not have provided me with the same functions to keep me comfortable enough to get involved in these volunteering projects.

Via my degree programme, I also had the amazing opportunity to travel and live abroad for a year to continue my studies. This was an immense milestone for me as I reached new heights in my academic achievements and also literally as I also climbed a mountain; a task which would not have been possible without my wheelchair. My year abroad is not an opportunity that is readily available or suitable for someone with a disability but with family support and my wheelchair being reliable, comfortable and durable I was able to make this rare occasion a reality. Knowing that I did not have to worry about my chair being able to meet my needs, I was able to focus on making the most out of my studies during the year abroad and as a result I received an award for achieving the highest marks in my group.

In June, my chair underwent a series of breakdowns. These breakdowns left me unable to use my chair and I spent a week bed bound and two weeks with a faulty chair that would stop and start. During this period, I felt incredibly trapped, I was forced to cancel my volunteering because I could not risk breaking down outside the house. I had limited movement both in bed and in my broken chair and I had to increase my pain medication in order to cope. I tried using my NHS-provided chair as a last case scenario but sadly, because it wasn’t suitable for me, I could only sit in it for a very short period in the evening, so I could eat at least one meal independently. This experience only validated the fact that without a private chair, I am not able to function at all.

My wheelchair is not just a machine that I casually use, it is an extension of myself and without it, I am immobile, limited and unable to live my daily life to the best of my capability. When I require a certain type of wheelchair it is not for the sake of enjoyment but for the sake of necessity to allow me to function and achieve my basic rights and needs.

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  • Shaffa Ramzan5 months ago
    Shaffa Ramzan

    Shaffa Ramzan

    5 months ago

    Thank you to all who have donated so far! I am pleased to say that the charity, Joseph Patrick Trust, have agreed to make an award of £3,572.65 towards the cost of my equipment! I am getting much closer to my goal and want to thank everyone that has been a part of the process so far!

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  • Shaffa Ramzan5 months ago
    Shaffa Ramzan

    Shaffa Ramzan

    5 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Last week I began this fundraising page as I was reaching many dead-ends with avenues to help fundraise a new wheelchair. I felt helpless since my wheelchair is my only means to connect with others and leave the house and do my part to contribute to society and it was constantly breaking down. Since last Friday, I have received such immense support in my campaign and I am so grateful for every penny, share and message I have received. I hope I can give back and help my community just as much as this community has aided me in my time of need.

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  • Shaffa Ramzan5 months ago
    Shaffa Ramzan

    Shaffa Ramzan

    5 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Considering I am raising such a big amount, I am extremely extremely humbled that I have already reached 8% of my target in such a short time. Thank you so so much to all for your donations and messages of support. I am extremely grateful for all your help and truly hope and pray that your kindness is rewarded 10 times over. Thank you!

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Page last updated on: 12/13/2018 6:46 PM

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71

  • Olivia Platt

    Olivia Platt

    Dec 13, 2018

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 23, 2018

    I hope even this small amount helps! You’re a wonderful person and your happiness is infectious! Keep on keeping on! ❤️

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 5, 2018

    Shaffa , God bless you , you can do this ❤️

  • Subeena Iqbal

    Subeena Iqbal

    Sep 27, 2018

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 30, 2018

    Keep your faith in God - inshallah you will never go wrong

    £20.00

  • Michele & Joerg

    Michele & Joerg

    Aug 13, 2018

    Keep up the good work. Best wishes from Munich.

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 4, 2018

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