Comfort For Connor

A 24-year-old man from Widnes is feeling more ‘safe, secure and comfortable’ after the award of an Enable grant for a powered wheelchair from the Steve Morgan Foundation.

Connor was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the age of four, and has been wheelchair-bound since he was 11, but still manages to live independently with a 24-hour package of care.

His previous wheelchair was proving uncomfortable and causing him pain, and an Enable grant of £12,500 has contributed towards the new Quantum Q6 Edge 2 powered chair.

“Connor uses his chair for an average of over 12 hours a day so he can take part in everyday life and socialise with family and friends,” says Karen Charles, Enable Funding Officer with the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“He was finding that his previous chair was proving very uncomfortable and causing him a lot of pain due to the lack of support it offered his posture.

“Because he wanted to carry on leading an active life, and not just staying in bed to avoid the pain, he found himself taking more painkillers to get him through the day.

“Unfortunately, the NHS were unable to provide Connor with the new powered chair which would better meet his needs and reduce the pain he was suffering.

“This new chair awarded via our Enable grant has helped to improve Connor’s mood and wellbeing, and allowed him to continue to be independently mobile and take part in the community activities, which, as a young man, he really enjoys.”

Connor himself has been extremely pleased with the new powered chair.

“I feel more safe, more secure and, above all, more comfortable,” he says.

“I am even being able to get out more.

“I can’t thank the Steve Morgan Foundation enough – they do amazing work and I am very grateful.”

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