17-year-old Adam Bassett from Sheerness was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He attends the Orchards Centre in Sittingbourne - a multi-agency specialist hub that helps disabled children and their families. His mum Sally said, “Adam stopped walking when he was 12 years old and since then he either sat on the sofa or his bed.” Staff at the Orchards Centre felt Adam’s mobility and quality of life would improve with a bespoke electric armchair and arranged for a manufacturer to visit Adam and measure him for a chair. Unfortunately when the cost was presented to the NHS board it was rejected.
After being turned down for NHS funding, the staff at the Orchard Centre got in touch with Donations With A Difference who have assisted with funding for other essentials for children at the centre. Rachel, Adam’s Occupational Therapist at the centre, liaised directly with DWAD chairman Wayne Hodgson. He met with Sally and Adam in their home and agreed that DWAD would fully fund the purchase of Adam’s new chair.
The chair was delivered on Thursday 19th January to a very happy Adam. His quality of life and independence has now been vastly improved. “Adam is now more comfortable in his home without having to always be bed bound or sat in his wheelchair which can be uncomfortable for long periods, we were very pleased to help,” remarked Wayne.
Sally added, “DWAD is a fantastic charity and fills the gaps in NHS support. Wayne didn’t falter when we spoke about the need for a bespoke electric armchair and just said yes, we’ll always be grateful for their support.”