CAN YOU HELP?
I am Leslie Reeves, ex-lift engineer with MS (now totally paralysed from the neck down).
I bought my current stand-up wheelchair approximately 10 years when I left my job in the lift industry. It cost me £7000 and has served me well but it has finally reached the time I need to upgrade it.
This chair has been my life - line without which I would be bed bound. I am no longer able to stand because I do not have the upper body strength but I often lay down in the chair and I am now able to drive and do everything with my head switch using the dynamic G91S joystick.
The current chair actuator, which moves the chair into a sitting or laying down position has been changed because it became noisy but since I have changed it the new one has also developed the same noise because other parts are worn. I am hoping the chair lasts until I can get it replaced.
I need a similar chair to my current one because of modifications I have made to keep me comfortable and safe.
For example: I have a knee block which stops me from sliding off of the chair when I spasm and I have modified the foot - plates for the same reason. The new chair also has a gyroscope so that when I drive in a direction the chair moves the right way regardless of the surface or tyre pressures.
My chair is regarded as a luxury because it is able to stand me up, but I do not need it for that purpose. I need it for many other reasons especially its strength and comfort.
The new chair costs £12,800 but I have received a voucher from Wheelchair Services for £1,390. I have already started saving and I hope to be able to reach £5000 during the next few months. This leaves me £6000 short, which I am hoping to raise through my crowdfunding page.
I need this chair so I am able to do things for myself such as move up and down to prevent me getting bed sores. When I am in hospital they always change my mattress for one that moves me constantly because I am unable to move myself yet in my chair I am able to change my position using my head switch. This chair will help me retain some level of independence and mobility.