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I need a referee for a charity grant

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FraggleRox
FraggleRox Community member Posts: 3 Listener

I’m a 42 year old lady with degenerative spinal problems and Fibromyalgia, amongst other things. I have mobility issues, and use either a pair of walking sticks or a powerchair. I can’t get far using just my walking sticks, and rely on my powerchair when out and about. 

My problem is that my powerchair has become increasingly uncomfortable over the last few years, the back cushion is slipping out, and now the battery is dead. I need a new chair. Since I live on government benefits, (my car is Motability using up my PIP mobility element payments) I don’t have the funds to buy a new one. 

The NHS can’t help with an electric wheelchair since I don’t need it indoors, so I’m now looking elsewhere.

Most charities require someone else to apply on your behalf before they will consider a grant application. I don’t have a social worker or district nurse, my wheelchair services and the local OT can’t help, I gave up on the pain clinic years ago after they ran out of options for me, and even the Citizens Advice Bureau can’t currently help due to Covid restricting their services. 

I’m getting so frustrated about being without a powerchair, I'm also worried as my already extended Motability car lease is up in the next few months. I can’t order a new vehicle until I know the dimensions of the powerchair that needs to fit in the rear. 

I feel I have no one I can ask to apply for a grant on my behalf, and so I’m hoping someone can suggest someone who can help. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼


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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi and welcome to the community 

    I understand your concern have you considered leasing a chair rather than buying maybe then you could afford the payments there are lots companies do this you can do a Google search to look at different options 

    Other options are fundraising or setting up go fund me 

    Also you can get second hand chairs from some mobility shops or selling sites 
  • FraggleRox
    FraggleRox Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    janer1967 said:
    …have you considered leasing a chair rather than buying maybe then you could afford the payments there are lots companies do this.

    Also you can get second hand chairs from some mobility shops or selling sites 
    Hi janer1967, 

    I’ve looked into leasing chairs this afternoon, and I would struggle to afford the basic powerchairs, and I know from experience that they would not be comfortable for me. I couldn’t afford the more complex chairs’ rental fees, or the prices such chairs command second hand. I can’t work anymore so I don’t have excess money for large purchases. 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    I understand your situation was just giving some suggestions you may not have considered 

    I hope you find a solution 
  • Libby_Alumni
    Libby_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,251 Pioneering
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    Hi @FraggleRox

    How are you getting on? I just wanted to check in to see if you had made any progress with your power chair purchase/grant application?

    I'm sorry that we couldn't directly answer your question, but I hope @janer1967's comment provided some useful information? I've also provided a helpful resource from Scope, which outlines different options when getting a wheelchair (there is also a section about grants to pay for a wheelchair).

    I hope it's helpful and if you have any other questions, then please just let us know.

    Libby
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  • FraggleRox
    FraggleRox Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Hi @FraggleRox

    How are you getting on? I just wanted to check in to see if you had made any progress with your power chair purchase/grant application?
    Hi Libby, 

    Thanks for checking in. 

    I’m currently waiting for a trustee panel to meet and discuss a grant application I’ve applied for. This grant is one of very few that could potentially meet my needs, and I could apply for without a referral. I found it on Turn2Us, which is a great site.

    I have another four weeks to wait before the trustees meet. So I’m just keeping my fingers and toes crossed, and hoping things will work out for the better. 

    Steph
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,088 Disability Gamechanger
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    Another site that will perhaps have links to grants would be "turn2us"

    2024 Election won

  • Libby_Alumni
    Libby_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,251 Pioneering
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    Hello @FraggleRox

    Thanks so much for getting back in touch - it's great to hear your update. 

    That's fantastic news about finding a grant that could meet your needs; please keep us updated on how things go and I will also have my fingers and toes crossed for you! 

    Libby
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    Scope

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