A 45-year-old man who was left paralysed after an accident whilst on holiday is now able to enjoy a better quality of life thanks in part to an Enable grant for a new powered wheelchair.
Paul, who lives in Southport, broke his neck whilst on holiday in Crete as a 20-year-old back in 1993, leaving him requiring 24-hour care and unable to sit in a manual chair, but with just enough movement in his arms to control a powerchair.
Paul is the proud father of 11-year-old twins and while his previous wheelchair was satisfactory for basic use, it was not suitable for any outdoor activity, which limited the quality of the time spent with his children.
“Being a good father gives Paul a sense of purpose and became a key focus in his life, while he also gets out every day taking his cocker spaniel Sweep out for long walks,” says Lindsey De Bartolo, Enable Funding Officer with the Steve Morgan Foundation.
“Over the years Paul has found himself wanting to explore more, and in certain circumstances found himself stuck because his previous chair was unable to take him to all the places he wanted and needed to go to.
“As Paul’s children have grown older, he had not been able to share in all the activities that he would like with them, and that had affected his mental health.
“He talked about the feelings of isolation and anguish at taking his children to Formby Beach with his carer, and sitting on the path watching them go further and further away.
“It was things like that which Paul said was the hardest part about being paralysed.
“The All Terrain Extreme X8 Powerchair has not only allowed Paul to access off-road areas with his family, it has also enabled him to continue his hobby of wildlife photography.
“It has had a really positive impact on his welfare and quality of life and has expanded his opportunities and life choices.”
An Enable grant of £5,000 was awarded towards the overall cost of the Powerchair of £14,500.
“I can only thank you from the bottom of my heart and the £5,000 grant was a big help towards getting this chair,” said Paul.
“Recently in Anglesey, I was able to go places that I could only dream of and for years have watched people go and see the sights which I could not see, but that now has changed thanks to you.”
*The Enable fund awards grants towards specialised equipment for people of all ages. Call (01829) 782808 for more details or visit the Enable section on our website.