Please donate to Leon's cause here or better yet join us on the 10th November in the Grove at Alexandra Palace Park for our sponsored dog walk! 11:30am meeting at The Grove Cafe. Everyone is welcome, whether 4-legged or 2! See you there. Woof!
Leon is 31 years old, he suffers from 'Osteogenisis inperfecto' (Brittle Bone disease) He has type 3, for which there is no cure.
Leon describes his bones as ‘like glass', if he bangs himself or picks up an object, sometimes his bones break, other times they don’t, he never knows!
Leon acquired his electric chair 8 years ago, supplied by the charity 'Action For Kids'. He needs a new chair but unfortunately is past the age that AFK can supply a new one. However, they have very generously agreed to match any funds Leon can raise himself.
Leon relies on his chair 'to live', ‘to work’ and to ‘be independent’. He has been working in I.T, but because of the unreliability of his chair he can't at the moment work, he knows he can get there, but probably couldn't get home again. He cannot risk being stranded.
Leon, like any young man loves to go out, whether working, meeting friends, or just going to football. The chairs’ unreliability means none of this is possible. Instead of the normal range of over 20 miles and many hours, the chair is now losing the charge after 8 miles and just an hour. Meaning Leon is virtually confined to his house.
After 8 years of use and 10,000 miles, the chair is worn out, the seat is torn, the wheels are loose, and the charging system and batteries have gone.
The new chair will cost £9,000 including a portable ramp and insurance. The Brittle Bones Society have pledged £2,000 already which leaves just £3,500 for Leon to raise himself. (With Action For Kids matching the remaining £3,500.)
Not much money to give a fine young man his life back.
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* Should this appeal raise more than is required for Leon's new wheelchair the surplus raised will be distributed at the discretion of Action For Kids.