Wheelchair gives Toni her independence back

Toni Bennett say she’s got her independence back after the Steve Morgan Foundation helped her buy a life-changing wheelchair.

The 27-year-old, from Ellesmere Port, has a degenerative spinal condition that means she can’t walk more than 20 metres without being in agony.

The NHS wheelchair she was given was so heavy and unwieldy that Toni almost stopped going out.

In desperation she applied to the Steve Morgan Foundation and was awarded a £3,500 Enable Fund grant that has enabled her to buy a lightweight Quickie Nitrum wheelchair that has changed her life.

“I’ve got my independence back and I no longer have to rely on someone else to push me,” she said. “It’s a lot lighter than the old one so my mum can lift it in and out of the car.

“I didn’t have £4,000 to buy one but we contributed £500 and the Steve Morgan Foundation paid the rest. It’s been a life-changer.

“I think the work the Steve Morgan Foundation is doing helping disabled people is amazing and I can’t thank the staff enough. Thank you so much for helping me with my wheelchair and giving me back my independence.”

Toni was born with a condition called congenital adrenal hyperplasia, which can weaken the bones.

In 2018 she started suffering severe back pain and an x-ray diagnosed her with degenerative spinal stenosis, which affects seven vertebra and causes constant pain in her spine and lower limbs with intermittent pain in her shoulders and upper limbs.

She was given a 16.5kg self-propelling wheelchair by the NHS but her mum struggled to lift it in and out of the car.

Her occupational therapist recommended a lightweight wheelchair and she approached  the Steve Morgan Foundation for help.

The Enable Fund supports people of all ages in financial hardship, who are in need of specialised equipment, including mobility aids, wheelchairs, buggies, wheelchairs and trikes.




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