Patricia was referred to the Fund by her HR manager, who had heard of us through our association with the NCC and had recently signed the organisation up to the Fund’s helpline service.
Patricia came to us because due to a medical condition, her husband has great difficulty walking any distance. The use of a mobility scooter was recommended.
Grant’s medical condition means that he has constant stabbing nerve pains in his feet and legs (and also his arms and hands). He has a very unsteady gait when walking, which is due to brain signals not getting through his spinal cord quickly enough to register when his feet move. This leaves Grant with a high risk of falling due to his balance, which could be catastrophic if he injures his spinal cord further.
Because of this medical condition, both Patricia and Grant have been very limited in what they could do, visits to local places and even to the local shopping centre, were not possible. There was no way that Grant could go out alone, as it was unsafe. The couple’s life felt like it was on hold, the added stress and worry was having an impact on their mental wellbeing.
The NCC Benevolent Fund was able to provide a grant to purchase a mobility scooter, suitable for Grant’s needs.
The scooter has given Grant his independence back and enabled them to get back to normality as a couple.
“Many, many thanks to you and the Trustees for granting the funding of a mobility scooter. I can’t tell you how much this is appreciated, and it will make such a huge difference to us.”