SMART Wheelchairs was able to help provide the much needed chair for Antonia so she can gain some independence and finally be able to leave hospital where she has been since 2013. Antonia Payne-Cheney suffers from Elhers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) with gastrointestinal failure and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). DIY SOS have made her house perfect for people with mobility and medical problems, also in a home environment there is no pressure on people to keep going (if they need a nap or feel ill, then they can take time out) and so this is the perfect venue”.
As soon as SMART Wheelchairs heard about Dominic’s plight and the horrible situation he was found in after thieves stole his specialist powered wheelchair we stepped in and offered to loan Dominic a chair until his wheelchair was found or replaced.
Dominic received thousands of messages of support through social media and was highlighted on the ITV News to see if the wheelchair could be found. Holly Hyams, Dominic’s Sister set up a GoFundMe campaign which raised £26,252 within 24 hours. Dominic has donated the money to Action 4 Kids who have since helped Dominic fund a new chair.
SMART Wheelchairs and Caudwell Children were very pleased to help Oliver Harness obtain his new wheelchair. Oliver’s mum Emma received a big ‘surprise’ when her partner Phil applied to the TV show Surprise Surprise to get Oliver a much-needed electric wheelchair. Congratulations are in order too, there was also a surprise proposal for Emma as Phil got down on one knee – and she said “Yes!”
Oliver was diagnosed with Ducheene Muscular Dystrophy – a muscular wasting condition when he was just four years old and by the time he reaches ten he will not be able to walk. He requires a specific electric wheelchair which the NHS could not provide due to the costs. On the TV show (Sunday 21st June), Caudwell Children and Smart Wheelchairs provided the £25,000 electric wheelchair for Oliver.
His family set up ‘Oliver’s Army’ in a bid to raise vital funds and awareness for the Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund which aims to find a cure.