Powered wheelchair opens up Andrew’s world

The family of wheelchair user Andrew Farr say his life has been transformed thanks to the Steve Morgan Foundation.

The 58-year-old has cerebral palsy and lives alone in supported independent living accommodation in Wirral.

He works part-time at a local hospital but problems with his mobility were increasingly restricting his ability to get out and about.

Andrew also walks with a flat foot and shuffling gait and was finding it difficult to propel himself in his manual wheelchair.

His therapist suggested a powered wheelchair would transform his quality of life so his family appealed to the Steve Morgan Foundation for help via its Enable Fund.

The Enable Fund supports people in financial hardship, who are in need of specialised equipment, including mobility aids, wheelchairs, buggies and trikes.

Andrew contributed towards the cost of the powered wheelchair with the Steve Morgan Foundation agreeing to pay the balance of £5,000.

His elder brother Martin said the powered wheelchair had opened up Andrew’s world.

“Previously Andrew would drive to work, come home at 1pm and remain in his flat,” recalled Martin. 

“His cerebral palsy has got worse in the last decade. His expectations had diminished and his world had closed in on him.”

Andrew switched from using a walker to a wheelchair about four years ago but found it increasingly difficult to propel himself until taking delivery of a powered model.

Martin said: “He’s much more positive and more willing to do things. It’s made him a lot happier and more positive.”

Andrew has already been on a family holiday to Newcastle and has more trips planned.

“Thank you to the Steve Morgan Foundation for changing his life,” he said. “If he wants to the shops or the doctor’s surgery he can. It’s early days at the moment but it will change a large part of his life.”


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