A charity in Brampton, Cumbria, is encouraging disabled people to come forward and ask for donations to help them fund mobility equipment.
John Holland, chairman of The Friends of Brampton Community Hospital, told a local newspaper that a lot of people do not know the funding option exists.
“We have been given so much money and we have never been able to spend it all on the hospital. We can’t pay for salaries for nurses,” he told The Cumberland News.
The comments come after Cumbria Mobility supplied a specialist wheelchair to a local resident who was able to receive £15,000 of donations.
Sammy Armstrong used the funding to purchase a specialised powerchair that has features to help her live with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).
Armstrong’s mother, Lesley Goodhall, explained how the NHS was unable to provide a chair suitable for her.
Goodhall has been trying to raise money for a suitable piece of equipment for around four year and thinks it could have been another three years before they could afford an appropriate chair.
Holland commented: “It was a very easy decision to make because it was just such a worthwhile spend.
“Meeting Sammy, she was just such a lovely young woman, and has a considerable amount of physical difficulties.”
“It is an extremely well made piece of kit. We are delighted it has all worked for her.
“The reason we want to publicise this is because we want people who have got similar problems to come and ask us for money, because a lot of them don’t know that there is the option.”
“It’s all down to what do people want, what is the benefit of it and what can’t the NHS pay for,” he added.
Goodhall also thanked Cumbria Mobility for ensuring the chair was well-fitted and appropriate.