In the summer this year we awarded funding to a woman who has been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis since 2007. Helen previously worked full time as a nurse, then reduced her hours to 15 hours per week, and now in the process of applying for medical retirement. Helen has faced a lot of change in the last two years, affecting her physically and mentally, as she is no longer able to do things as independently as before. Helen has young children and was unable to take them out and about due to her worsening mobility.
The grant was used towards the cost of a mobility scooter, and this was Helen's feedback:
"Thank you so much. Progressive Multiple Sclerosis has meant I can no longer drive. My mobility has declined and I struggle to walk. I can only go out if someone takes me now, and my husband is at work full-time. Getting the scooter has enabled me to keep a little bit of independence, and I can now go to the shops and have been to have my Covid vaccination. The scooter will benefit my whole family as we will be able to do more together now".
We are so pleased to have been able to make a difference to Helen's independence.