Wheelchairs are vital for people living with MND to maintain independence and quality of life.
Yet, there are currently unacceptable inequities and delays of up to 12 months when seeking access to wheelchairs from the NHS.
The distressing reality is that this is time people with MND all too often do not have.
So that's why the MND Association David Carleton Paget Wheelchair Service was set up - to ensure prompt access to a specialised wheelchair.
Watch Liam's film on why having the right wheelchair is so important.
Please donate to our wheelchair appeal
by telephoning us on 08453 751850 quoting 10AP. Thank you for your support.
Waiting for wheelchairs:
At any one time in the UK, up to 500 people with MND are waiting for a wheelchair.
Progress to date
The MND Association DCP Wheelchair Service was established by our Patron, Joel Cadbury, in 2007. Since then:
- Over 270 wheelchairs have been made available to people with MND.
- A specialist occupational therapist has been recruited to set up a network of wheelchair partnerships across the country.
- Local NHS servicing, insurance and delivery has been negotiated.
But there is still more to do.
We aim to ensure that every single person living with MND will have access to a specialised wheelchair when they need it.
Our care services respond to requests for financial support for the purchase of wheelchairs and accessories to increase access to people as and when needs arise throughout the country.
If you feel you would like to know more, please ask your occupational therapist to contact MND Connect.