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StephanieWeller

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Hi everyone,

As some of you may or may not know, I became wheelchair bound in January due to spinal conditions and the wheelchair I currently have isn't suitable for my needs, nor is it ok for me to be in it for continuing modelling... On top of that it's on temporary loan until June and the NHS waiting list for a wheelchair in my area is nearing a year.

So I've taken matters into my own hands, and I've set up a fundraising page so that I can get the wheelchair. I could get it now with gran paying for it but she's had a major stroke and her paying for it could mean out local authority taking the chair straight off of me and leaving me housebound.

All the money adds up so it doesn't matter how much you donate to the fund I'm grateful for every donation received.

The page is http://gofund.me/stephweller

Thank you so much for all of your help and support - I really appreciate it!

Steph x

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StephanieWeller

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Total stands at £335. I need £2200 for the wheelchair within the next 3 weeks. Please support and donate. Thank you

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Kool_Kate

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City: Carshalton
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Hello Stephanie, sorry to hear about your troubles - I hope they will be worked out soon - Everyone this in an amazing girl and model - please help...

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Nessie

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quoting post from StephanieWeller:

Total stands at £335. I need £2200 for the wheelchair within the next 3 weeks. Please support and donate. Thank you

Stephanie

Really sorry to hear of your condition and wish you all the best with your fund raising.

Have you thought of a secondhand chair? I recently purchased one for a family member for £350, 12 months old, mint condition, and it was £2000 new!

Worth a look in the local paper, if you have the Friday-Ad down your way it's a good place to start.

Wish you every success.

Marcel

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StephanieWeller

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Hi Marcel,

Unfortunately due to the nature of my spine I have to have a custom build chair from new because if the back isn't right it will not support my spine correctly as my spine has visually curved inwards by a considerable amount due to the vertebrae collapsing on themselves.

Steph x

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OriginalImage

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Stephanie have you been given the right information about wheelchair waiting times? The reason for asking is that I visit Hampshire every couple of months to visit a friend left paralysed after being knocked of his motorbike and the Wheelchair Dept. Published a report recently that stated the following:

Category 1 - Full-time wheelchair user and terminally ill patients

The service must be available seven days a week and the target for assessment is five working days
Category 2 - Part-time regular user

The service must be available for four days a week or more and the target for assessment is 10 working days
Category 3 - Part-time occasional user

The service must be available for a minimum of three times a week and the target for assessment is 10 working days.

Providers are required to hold stock of standard wheelchairs with delivery of these within two working days, with non-stock wheelchairs to be delivered within 15 working days and specialist (bespoke) wheelchairs to be delivered within 40 working days.

Contact the Fareham and Gosport Commissioning Unit

Telephone: 023 9228 2063
Email: fgccg.enquiries@nhs.net

Might save you a lot of money and a lot of grief!


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 Razoir



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Sadly the figure you quote are waiting time for assessment, not delivery of the chair.

As Steph needs a custom build I am not surprised at the one year wait. When I worked in a spinal injuries unit (a long time ago) when we got a new patient in we would order a wheelchair within the first couple of days of them being with us. They then tended to be with us for a year. The last few months of that being due to the wheelchair not arriving!

Wheelchair use is MUCH more complicated than you would think. Indeed, Liverpool University do a masters degree in wheelchair interfacing. A lot of wheelchair users need chairs built specially for them.

Huge Hairy Jeremy

Website: www.photoartimages.org

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OriginalImage

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quoting post from  Razoir:

Sadly the figure you quote are waiting time for assessment, not delivery of the chair.

As Steph needs a custom build I am not surprised at the one year wait. When I worked in a spinal injuries unit (a long time ago) when we got a new patient in we would order a wheelchair within the first couple of days of them being with us. They then tended to be with us for a year. The last few months of that being due to the wheelchair not arriving!

Wheelchair use is MUCH more complicated than you would think. Indeed, Liverpool University do a masters degree in wheelchair interfacing. A lot of wheelchair users need chairs built specially for them.

Huge Hairy Jeremy

Website: www.photoartimages.org

Remember, Trolls' brains are silica based and only function properly at temperatures lower than minus 72 degrees Kevin.


I think you missed this section of what I posted.

"Providers are required to hold stock of standard wheelchairs with delivery of these within two working days, with non-stock wheelchairs to be delivered within 15 working days and specialist (bespoke) wheelchairs to be delivered within 40 working days."


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