A brain injury left Marie unable to walk unaided. With a baby on the way, she was worried that she would not be able to take her baby out and about easily. Her walking frame, adapted by our team to attach securely and detach easily from her buggy, means Marie is now able to take her newborn out for walks and enjoy being a proud new Mum.
People we help
“Mark, a resident of Scope’s Birchwood care home in Chesham, has Cerebral Palsy. Hugely determined and big-hearted, Mark is an accomplished artist, fundraiser and Boccia player. In the early days Mark used a length of drainpipe to guide his Boccia balls during play. Since his interest and skills in the sport have developed, he now uses one of DEMAND’s range of purpose designed ramps, which gives him much greater control and precision.
DEMAND’s Boccia ramp has been an important factor in his success in competitions and in January he achieved a bronze medal for his district – his best result ever. He is now eligible to play in the National Championship!” – Stuart, Mark’s friend
Chelsea has Cerebral Palsy and needs to use a walking frame for support. Unfortunately, her frame did not provide an adequate level of support that would encourage and facilitate walking.
Our team designed and fitted a headrest and cross body support which enables Chelsea to properly benefit from her muscle therapy and to be included in other activities with her family and friends. Our practical solutions, developed under the guidance of qualified health professionals, tackle much more than frustrations with the equipment; influencing the children’s sense of self, their confidence and wellbeing.
Chris had outgrown his favourite walking frame which was too unsteady for him to use safely.
Extended and strengthened by our team, Chris’s walking frame is now safer and much more comfortable and has transformed the way he is able to move around independently.
“Diane loves to read, but can no longer enjoy this simple pleasure as her Multiple Sclerosis prevents her from using her hands effectively. A friend suggested a Kindle Touch but Diane had difficulty operating that too, and was frustrated at having to rely on others to constantly assist.
As the activities organiser at Diane’s home, I knew of DEMAND and what they can do. After testing several ideas with Diane they made a cradle for the Kindle to sit in and fitted a switch and a button for Diane to press to turn the page. It is beautifully made and mounted on a small tripod and is a great success. It was a pleasure to meet the team from DEMAND who were so patient and understanding of Diane’s needs.”
“Diane is managing well and can now enjoy her books independently” Lynn, activities organiser at Diane’s home
Freya wanted to be able to transfer from her wheelchair to bed safely, independently and without a hoist. We built a custom platform that allows her to manoeuvre close to her bed, to park her wheelchair securely, and to transfer from her chair to her bed without extra assistance. This seemingly simple task is hugely frustrating for many wheelchair users. Freya’s transfer platform has been truly liberating.
Elliott needs to use a wheelchair but his little sister struggles to keep up when their mum takes them out. One of our ever popular buggy boards proved just the ticket. Chelsea now gets to ride around with Elliott when they head out together as a family.
“Aiden has been severely disabled since contracting pneumococcal meningitis when he was only 11 months old. Despite this we try to do as much as possible as a family as we love an adventure!
We have not all been able to cycle together as a family so we contacted DEMAND and asked for their help. They made us a lightweight trailer on which Aiden’s buggy sits securely. The trailer can be dismantled and fi ts easily into the boot of our car.
Since DEMAND made the trailer we have had lots of fun cycling as a family. Aiden likes the feeling of riding along in the fresh air and we all enjoy the fact we can do an activity together. After a fantastic holiday we are already looking for more trails to explore!” – Aiden’s Mum Jill
Amy is 19 and has Cerebral Palsy. She loves to use her laptop and iPod station but finds them difficult to access on her table due to the height of her wheelchair.
Our team recycled the gas lift mechanism from an adjustable bar stool to create a height adjustable and rotating work station. The circular table top includes shaped cut outs to allow her to achieve the best possible working position.
Amy now has the freedom to use her laptop and iPod station whenever she wants.
Seventeen year old John from Huddersfield has cerebral palsy. He had two problems with his wheelchair which we were asked to help with. Involuntary leg spasms caused the footplates to lift up, which could injure John, and when using the chair outdoors he couldn’t see people walking around him. We solved these problems by making special brackets to hold his feet in position, and by fitting a rear view mirror to the arm of the chair. John can now use the chair safely and is fully aware of his surroundings.