Having the right wheelchair for some people seems like an impossible dream, we have seen first hand how finding funding for wheelchairs and specialist mobility equipment not covered by a Primary Care Trust can be really tough.
There are a lot of charities out there that do an awfully large amount to help disabled people that really need it and help make a huge difference to peoples lives.
BBW wanted to highlight some of the charities that we have come across, that enable people to get help for the equipment they need.
Just having a point of contact can open up a world of possibilities for people who thought they would never get the opportunity, if you need help and support there are people who can help and advise. Please have a browse through some of the charities that we have listed and see the help and support that they offer to people.
Elizabeth Finn Care
Gives direct financial support to people in need.
Provides grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people.
Helps people access the money available to them through benefits, grants and other financial help.
The Act Foundation
Helps provide grants to individuals and other charities with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, particularly those with mental and physical disabilities.
Aspire Spinal Injury Charity
Helps support people with spinal cord injuries in the UK with equipment not available through statutory services.
The Joseph Patrick Trust
Helps provide financial support towards specialist equipment to help promote mobility and independence for people with muscular dystrophy or related muscle disease.
Helps to provide support and guidance in obtaining grants and financial aid from charitable and statutory funds.
Gives much needed help and support to children with significant disabilities, their families and carers.
There are numerous charities and organisations that will give you further free and impartial help and advice on whatever condition or disability you may have. If you are intending to use the equipment to get back to work or to aid you with your work it is also a good idea to get in touch with Access to Work, they can help with arranging and funding equipment to help you.( https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work ) Access to work is part of the Department for Work and Pensions and the good part is that any grant that they award does not have to be paid back and won’t affect any other benefits that you receive.
More information can be found here: Funding & Useful Info
If you want to go it alone – you can even do your own fundraising – and would recommend that you set up a Go Fund Me page or similar and you could raise the money for your new chair through crowd funding.