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Trying to fundraise for a powered wheelchair would love any advice you have

laura010
laura010 Member Posts: 5 Listener
Trying to fundraise for a powered wheelchair would love any advice you have 

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,163 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @laura010 welcome to the community 

    Have you thought of a go fund me page 

    A bake sale goes well too but would be hard currently to do much I would imagine 

    Hope others have some ideas have you looked on internet for fund raising ideas 
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 12,265 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @laura010 - & welcome to the community. Just to add to the comments above, I found these links: https://www.themobilityaidscentre.co.uk/content/get-funding-new-wheelchair/   Hope some of this is helpful, & you hear more options from other members. :)

  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 6,669

    Scope community team

    Hello @laura010 and welcome to the community. 

    I have moved your discussion to our disability aids and equipment category in the hope that it will get further responses. Best of luck with your fundraising and I hope to see you sticking around on the community :) 
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  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,557 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2020
    Hi @laura010 and a warm welcome to the community! Here is some information from Scope's how to get a wheelchair page:

    Wheelchair voucher scheme

    Personal wheelchair budgets are replacing the NHS wheelchair voucher scheme. But some local services may not offer wheelchair budgets yet.

    The wheelchair service will give you a voucher instead. This has the same value as the chair they offer. You can use the voucher towards the cost of the chair you want.

    You can then buy a chair privately using the voucher and other funding, such as:

    • your own money
    • a grant
    • through crowdfunding

    If you use a voucher, the wheelchair belongs to you. You will need to maintain and repair it. The NHS will not pay for this.


    Grants to pay for a wheelchair

    Getting a grant can help you get a wheelchair for free or pay towards the total cost. You’ll need to meet the grant provider’s rules about:

    • what they fund
    • the size of grants
    • if you can apply
    • assessing what you need
    • how to buy the equipment

    Some disability charities and trusts offer grants and funding for equipment. Search different charities supporting your condition or impairment to find out how they can help.

    Do not apply for a grant from a charity or trust unless you've checked if it will affect your means-tested (income-based) benefits. Talk about your options with your occupational therapist, care manager or local disability information and advice organisation.

    Finding and applying for grants

    Grants checker tool


    Crowdfunding

    Crowdfunding may help you pay for a wheelchair. Keep any money you raise in a separate bank account.

    A strong story helps make fundraising successful. Make sure you are comfortable with sharing your personal life with the public before starting fundraising.

    Crowdfunding can affect your benefits

    Money that you raise could be treated as income by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). This could affect means-tested (income-based) benefits.

    Savings and means-tested benefits

    Contact the Scope helpline

    I hope this is helpful. please do let us know how you get on. :)
    Scope

  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 6,669

    Scope community team

    Thanks for sharing @AlexW_Scope :) 
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