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Have you had to privately fund an upgraded manual wheelchair because NHS manual chair is too heavy ?

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Manda1
Manda1 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
Hi,
My first  manual chair Quickie RXS was issued by the local NHS services as a back up to my power chair , unfortunately it has been discontinued and the replacement Action 2 is causing me too much pain to use. I have been told by the OT that I will have to upgrade privately ; the NHS can provide a voucher that would meet about a third of the cost of a replacement Quickie upgrade , but I will have to fund maintenance /repairs over the period of its life (roughly 5-7 years) . 

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  • Cher_Alumni
    Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,734 Disability Gamechanger
    edited May 2021
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    Hello @Manda1

    Apologies for the delay in getting back to you about this.  Some of our other members have described private funding wheelchairs too so you aren't alone in this situation unfortunately.  

    Scope have a webpage on 'How to get a wheelchair' that has suggestions around fundraising and also grants you could apply for to help with the costs.  While one thing to be aware of when fundraising for yourself is that any money you raise could be treated as income by the DWP so it's best to seek welfare advice before exploring this option.  To find free independent advice close to where you live, you can visit the Advice Local website.  

    Just to let you know, I've moved this thread to our Disability aids, equipment and technology category so more people can spot it.  If you have any more questions, please let us know and good luck with getting your Quickie upgrade.
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