Disabled children and young people UK-wide are in need of specialist mobility equipment that enables independence, reduces pain, and increases confidence and mental wellbeing. AFK's mission is to support children and young people to live the life they choose by funding equipment that enables this.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1068841)
There are currently at least 360k children and young people aged 0-24 who have disabilities that affect their mobility in the UK. Most of these children and young people will need mobility equipment at some point in their lives, a need the NHS is not currently able to meet based on demand and the need for highly specialised equipment. This equipment provides several benefits including greater independence, reduced pain, improved muscular strength, and increased confidence and mental wellbeing.
AFK provides funding for mobility equipment to disabled children, young people and families who cannot receive the equipment from the NHS and are not in a financial position to fund it themselves. We also fund the cost of maintenance and repairs on all the powerchairs we fund, ensuring children and young people always have a functioning chair that is meeting their needs. This enables these children and young people to get out and live the life they choose, to be as independent as possible.
We received Annabelle’s new chair yesterday and she is so pleased, she has smiled the whole time she's in it! We went for a walk yesterday evening (inc. Barney our dog) round the fields and hills next to where we live and this is the first time Annabelle has been able to get up there in 3 years!
Max finally received his wheelchair last Thursday and oh my goodness what a difference this has made already! The places he is going independently with his dog… I have one very adventurous young man and his dog on my hands now!!
Brooke received her trike last week and has been on it nearly every day since! She absolutely loves it and it's great that we can get out and about more now, especially during these hard times! Her big brother has come out with us a few times too, which she loved, as she tries to catch him up.
She got to pick the colour and the wheel trims, which are Strictly Come Dancing themed. It is fitted for her, not just chosen for her, as she needs a wheelchair to live life. Poppy depends on a chair and will do for the rest of her life so it had to be right. We finally got it and she is very happy.
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