Help Nehal to keep helping others
As we move into 2014 it brings with it the chance to help even more young disabled people across the UK. One such person is Nehal, a university student in Middlesex studying Counselling.
Nehal has been battling a combination of kidney failure, spinal scoliosis & rickets her whole life. This means she faces a continuous struggle with her mobility. These multiple disabilities mean that she has a curved spine, softening of her bones and swelling in different parts of her body depending on how well her kidneys are functioning. Where she needs our help today is with a powered wheelchair, to support her and move her around easily.
Alongside her own university studies, Nehal volunteers to help promote good kidney health, especially following her kidney transplant. As she says herself;
“My dreams will only be possible if I am mobile and independent – able to use public transport to travel, whether it is to study, to work, or even volunteering in preparation for the future.”
Nehal is always keen to help those when they need it most despite her own disabilities, but now is the time that she needs a helping hand.
Nehal was previously supplied with a powered wheelchair seven years ago by Action For Kids. However, this is now beyond repair and spare parts are no longer available. Nehal is unable to get a powered chair from the NHS, and has only been offered a manual wheelchair which is unsuitable for her. She doesn’t have the strength in her arms to propel herself for significant distances, such as moving between different classes on her university campus.
Her current wheelchair regularly breaks down, and the battery drains very quickly. Nehal is now worried that should she continue for any longer she would be reliant on someone to push her around everywhere she goes and lose all independence – she has already had to stop going out for all but essential journeys.
In her own words Nehal described what having a working powered wheelchair would mean to her;
“I would definitely regain my independence, at the moment I’m a little scared to go out on my own. I’ve stopped doing things completely on my own right now. Otherwise I have to rely on others to push me around. It’s literally my freedom”
Nehal has undergone physiotherapy to improve her posture and core stability as a result of her spine curvature, and this makes it imperative that she gets the right type of supportive wheelchair that will be the best for her health. She has trialled the Rascal 312 Turnabout powered wheelchair. More than any other wheelchair this meets her needs, especially the flexible seating to provide relief from feelings of discomfort.
At a cost of £3,550 and with no help available from her local NHS services the Rascal 312 Turnabout powered wheelchair is more than Nehal can afford. However you can make an immediate impact in her life today by donating.
Nehal is a young woman asking not for sympathy, but practical help to continue her studies and create a career for herself, making a difference to the people around her. Please help this remarkable young lady to get the equipment that she needs and donate now.