New Wheelchair For Will

A man from Shrewsbury who has been confined to a wheelchair for over a decade has been awarded an Enable grant of £4,000 to help improve his life.

Will, aged 28, has been wheelchair dependent since the age of 17, after being diagnosed with a condition known as Friedreich’s Ataxia three years previously.

Friedreich’s Ataxia is a progressive neurological disorder which causes a number of serious issues linked to the nervous system.

In Will’s case, he is now suffering from profound muscle weakness within his trunk and lower limbs, leading to a significant disability.

His altered posture as a result has also led to further problems with his respiratory function and his balance.

“Will’s condition means he now requires a more specialised wheelchair than that which can be offered by the NHS,” explains Karen Charles, Enable Funding Officer with the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“His situation also became more urgent as the back of the seat on his previous wheelchair had broken and the brakes were not functioning properly.

“This new specialised wheelchair awarded thanks to our Enable programme should improve Will’s posture and hopefully help with the longer term management of his complex condition.”

Will added: “I would like to say a massive thanks to everyone at the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“Having had the chair for just one week, already I am noticing the difference to my posture, and the benefits of the extra postural support that the wheelchair brings.”

The Foundation’s Enable programme of funding offers grants for specialised equipment for people of all ages. Contact (01829) 782808 for more details.

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