Since 2008 International Wheelchair Day has been marked from Africa to Australia, from the UK to the USA. Thousands of the charity’s members paralysed by Polio have relied on wheelchairs for independence and increasingly more need a wheelchair thanks to the onset of PPS, which affects 120,000 UK Polio survivors. While some people with PPS can walk, the debilitating nature of the condition means many could benefit from a wheelchair, but may not be eligible for a NHS chair or be able to afford the one that’s right for them.
“The wheelchair has been transforming the lives of members for 80 years but there are people with specific needs, with limited mobility, who for various reasons, may not be entitled to an NHS wheelchair,” said Head of Support Services at The British Polio Fellowship, Ahmad Butt. “BPF Trading was launched to address this problem and for this year’s International Wheelchair Day, A lightweight folding wheelchair, SQPC07A (the hedgehog) is now available for our members, and also others with similar neurological conditions who could benefit.”
The charity continues to campaign on accessibility rights after a spate of accessibility issues for members in 2017. A flexible wheelchair is part of a twin approach of pressing for changes in attitudes, while developing in tandem the next generation of assistive technologies.
“This wheelchair is not intended to compete with or replace NHS solutions,” added Ahmad. “But rather to deliver a mobility boost to a sadly neglected group with in an appropriate, lightweight and affordable package. On 1 March, we are remembering the millions who could benefit from a wheelchair and why it matters. Limited mobility is a big factor in the loneliness crisis we face and a lightweight motorised wheelchair can transform lives,” concluded Ahmad. For more details on The British Polio Fellowship, visit www.britishpolio.org.uk or call 0800 043 1935. More information on the hedgehog SQPC07A can be found at https://bpftrading.co.uk/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org