A 60 year old lady who is living with a diagnosis of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, a condition that affects all the muscles of her upper body, applied to us for help to fund a bath lift. Being able to sit fully immersed in a bath is essential for managing her condition, with the hot water helping to relax her muscles to ease pain and discomfort. The provision of the lift to help her to get in and out, as she has no muscle strength to raise from a sitting to standing position, is vital. ACT were pleased to be able to help her fundraising along with a £500 donation towards the lift.
£500 for Bath lift
£5K for Age UK Wirral
Age UK Wirral is an independent local charity that works with 30,000 people every year with the support of over 400 volunteers. They have 3 main departments - Home and Communities, Health and Activities and Care. The Care department is their largest and includes Stanhope Court, a 13 bedroom residential home for people in the late stages of Dementia who are no longer able to live at home and day care centres for those with early onset Dementia. The request they made to ACT was for help to fund a piece of equipment called the Tovertafel "Magic Table", a fantastic piece of technology which they believe greatly enhances how they deliver care to their clients with moderate to late stage Dementia. The equipment projects games and activities from the ceiling onto a table and has been designed specifically for people to be able to relax, reminisce and be postively stimulated. It can be utilised in groups and staff have witnessed their clients sitting happily together, sharing the activity by helping and encouraging each other and having fun. ACT were delighted to be able to award a grant of £5K for this equipment.
£5K to The CLD Trust
The CLD Trust is a unique and innovative health & wellbeing charity providing support for young people and some adults who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health. They receive over 1,200 referrals per year for specialist talking therapies for a range of presentations including physical, sexual and emotional abuse, anxiety and low mood, eating difficulties, self-harm, bullying, bereavement and relationship difficulties. Their application to ACT was for help to fund low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for some of their young clients. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge an award of £5K which will help 28 young people.
£549 for a Magnetic Harness
The mum of a 13 year old who has a diagnosis of West's syndrome applied to us for help to fund a specialist magnetic harness to help keep her son safe whilst travelling in the car. The young man has autistic traits also and development delay which can result in displays of challenging behaviour which can be difficult to manage whilst travelling both in the family car and on public transport. The specialist magnetic harness mum was requesting is secured to the vehicle seat and is effective for passengers who would otherwise remove themselves from a standard product. ACT were pleased to be able to fund this very useful piece of equipment for the family.
£2,500 for a specialist Pacer Gait Trainer
The Physiotherapist of a 12 year old who has four limb cerebral palsy applied to us for a specialist pacer gait trainer. This young person requires support in all positions as he is unable to roll, sit, stand or walk independently and he uses a wheelchair and supportive equipment throughout each day. He is PEG fed and communicates with his eyes and some gestures. He has recently been practicing walking using a hoist and with two adults supporting him and has really enjoyed it. This has led to him trialling a specialist gait trainer which he has started to move independently. His Physiotherapist fully supports his application and says he will benefit from the walker as it will allow him to exercise and improve his muscle strength, endurance and stamina. It will also help to reduce chest infections and prevent migration of his hips and possible bone sugery in the future. ACT were delighted to be able to pledge a donation of £2,500.
£7,468 for BeFriends
BeFriends is a Dundee based charity that was established in 1981 with the aim of providing help and support to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people (aged 5-18) in the Dundee area. Through its befriending service, fully trained and vetted volunteers of the charity seek to make positive change to the lives of the children, raise aspirations and help them to realise their potential, build upon skills and abilities, enhance social and communication skills and encourage responsibility for behaviour and actions. The children and volunteers enjoy activities together once per week or once every two weeks. These activities provide the opportunity to have fun and gain new experiences and are a time when discussions can open up about any problems or difficulties the child/young person may be having. ACT were pleased to be able to help with a donation of £7,468 towards outings, activities and equipment.