Phil Stays In Focus Thanks To Enable Grant

A keen photographer from Wirral has been able to continue his passion with the help of an Enable grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation.

Phil, from Moreton, was born with spina bifida which led to the paralysis of his lower limbs, as well as suffering from only having one kidney and renal failure requiring regular medical intervention and causing significant pain and discomfort.

An Enable grant of £6,173 has helped purchase a Batec Scrambler, which, alongside a wheelchair funded by the Spina Bifida Association, means Phil can now once again enjoy the great outdoors and his love of photography.

“Despite his physical impairment, Phil has chosen not to define his life by his condition or limit his aspirations,” says Lindsey De Bartolo, Enable Funding Officer with the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“As such, despite the pain and discomfort, Phil has continued to be an active individual. Initially through sport and within recent years he has pursued his passion for landscape photography. 

“Phil was able to take up this hobby due to a small bequest seven years ago with the specific instructions that he was to use the money to purchase camera equipment to pursue his passion.

“Since then, Phil has conquered the remotest locations across England and Wales, both to capture the beautiful scenery and to encourage others with physical limitations to challenge their perception of what limits them and what they are able to achieve in life. 

“Phil’s health had declined recently due to renal failure and he had found that he was no longer able to enjoy the great outdoors and experience the things he used to be able to enjoy. 

“Phil is fiercely independent and not to have been able to challenge himself and the reliance on his companion to push him was having a profoundly detrimental effect on his mental health. 

“Providing the grant for the Batec Scrambler, their most powerful off-road hand bike to date, has enabled Phil to access the outdoors and allowed him to continue to pursue his passion, as well as inspiring others through his photography.”

Phil, who has gifted numerous photos to his local hospice and also the Urologist Ward at Arrowe Park Hospital, revealed he shed tears of joy when hearing that his application to the Foundation had been successful.

He said: “I’d been struggling for a while on my photography trips to reach places I`d researched online in the hope of visiting.

“The Batec Scrambler has already made a difference in my ability to reach such places which until now have been prohibitive because of the terrain. 

“It has opened up a whole new world of opportunity and I really don’t have the words to thank the Foundation enough.

“I cried when I received the phone call from Lindsey informing me that my application had been successful. 

“There has been very little good news if I`m honest during the last few years but this really was the best thing to have happened to me in a very long time.

“I love photography and I feel can only flourish now that I`ll be able to get to places as yet unexplored. 

“I hope to do the Steve Morgan Foundation proud and once again I send my biggest heartfelt thank you.”

*Can we help you or someone you know with an Enable grant for specialist equipment, available for people of all ages?  Click here for all the details.

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