Acorn Stairlifts has given a 72-year-old woman with reduced mobility a free stairlift as part of its ongoing collaboration with Marie Curie.
The company installs up to 60 stairlifts a year free of charge in homes across the UK to help give people their independence back.
Emily Binks, who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2002, has found getting up and down the stairs a near impossible task following an unsuccessful knee replacement.
Her lack of mobility means that she has struggled to use the bathroom and bedroom in her home and only uses the stairs when it is absolutely necessary, with aid from her husband.
To help her regain her independence, cancer trust Marie Curie suggested that Mrs Binks should use a stairlift.
Following this, Acorn Stairlifts was informed of Mrs Bink’s situation and within two weeks of hearing the firm had fitted the stairlift in her home.
Nick Wilson, operations director at Acorn Stairlifts, said: “Stories like Emily’s are the exact reason we partnered with Marie Curie. We aim to change lives by installing 60 stairlifts a year for Marie Curie patients, which are to be installed before they return from hospital.”
Mrs Binks said: “Before the stairlift was fitted, I had to face unendurable pain to climb the stairs on all fours and then take one step at a time to get down.
“I have no fear of going up the stairs now. It’s completely changed our lives, any worries of falling have been lifted and I have no restrictions on when I can go upstairs.”
Established in 1992, Acorn Stairlifts specialises in the manufacture and installation of stairlifts.