Deaf Awareness Week06 May 2019
DTD Charity is marking Deaf Awareness Week, 6th-12th May. Previously we have been able to help Isla who was born profoundly deaf. She has bilateral cochlear implants which allows her to attend mainstream school, however she was not going to be allowed to join her classmates for swimming lessons as her implants can not be used in water. We were able to help with the purchase of a water tight system and Isla’s mum wrote to say, “Isla had her first swimming lesson with school yesterday and her teacher reported back that she coped really well. Isla told me she really enjoyed it too, despite being very anxious about it the night before. Isla has also been wearing her new kit in the bath and shower, a time of day which used to be quite difficult due to Isla getting frustrated by feeling isolated, as she bathed in complete silence, and much prefers to listen than lip read or sign. The experience of the sound of the shower water running over her for the first time, something we take for granted and probably completely ignore, put a huge smile on her little face. We as a family will always be truly grateful.”
Muscular Dystrophy Wheelchair10 Mar 2019
DTD Charity was able to help a 27 year old Leicester man who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy by contributing towards his new wheelchair. His mum wrote to say, ‘I must say a big thank you as this wouldn't have been possible to achieve without you. You have really made a big difference to my son’s quality of life and we will be grateful always.’
Wheelchair01 Feb 2019
Paige has limited mobility due to cerebral palsy. She is in an elite level wheelchair racer and has recently started a new job at the Matt Hampson Foundation. DTD Charity was able to help with funding towards a new day chair. She writes, ‘My chair promotes, correctly supported seating and helps with maintaining posture and comfort when in use on a daily basis. I wouldn't be without it, it has made the world of difference and gives me my independence. Thanks again for your support.’
Safe Travel Bed22 Jan 2019
A Nottinghamshire mum, who’s son has cerebral palsy, wrote to say, ‘I am just messaging you to thank you & the DTD Charity for helping us to raise the money for our son’s special needs travel bed. We have now received the bed and are over the moon with it. This bed is a life saver, we no longer have to worry about Robbie’s safety when we are on holiday. So here’s a massive thank you from the bottom of our hearts, you all are amazing.’
A new trike22 Oct 2018
Dominic has Kabuki syndrome, low muscle tone, speech and learning disability. His developmental delay means he needs help with all aspects of his daily life and personal care. Although Dominic cannot stand unaided he loves outdoor activities and had enjoyed family days out on a trike which he outgrew. DTD Charity were able to help with a replacement trike which can be pushed from behind which will help with Dominic’s leg muscle tone or attached to a bike and towed along by the pedal power of mum or dad. On a good day Dominic will be able to propel himself.
Brenda and Zoe trying out a Vest01 Oct 2018
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited genetic disease that affects over 10,000 people in the UK. A thick, sticky mucus accumulates in the lungs, pancreas, intestines and other organs causing a wide range of challenging symptoms. The Wolfson CF Centre is the regional adult centre based at City Hospital, Nottingham and DTD Charity was able to help with funding for two High Frequency Chest Wall Oscilliation Vests. A vest is usually worn for 20-30 minutes for up to 3-4 times a day and can be a useful alternative for some people who are not able spend hours a day doing physiotherapy and taking nebulised treatments to alleviate symptoms and minimize lung infections.
Profiling Bed15 Sep 2018
One of DTD Charity’s recent grants was for a profiling bed and our happy client has written to say, “I would like to say again a big Thank you for the grant and all your support you provided for me, this grant will make a difference in my life. From the beginning of this year I was struggling with my health. and now your charity have given a grant which means I can get an adjustable bed to support my needs.’
Mobility Scooter31 Jul 2018
Six months ago Ieva was involved in a road traffic accident which has left her with life-changing injuries. Having recovered from length surgery and a period of rehabilitation Ieva now is able to walk short distances with 2 sticks. Longer distances cause pain and discomfort. DTD Charity were able to help with the purchase of a scooter. Ieva is delighted to be re-gaining her independence and freedom.
Electric Wheelchair01 Jun 2018
In Dominic’s own words - ‘I am writing to say a big thank you for the £2,000 you donated towards a new powered wheelchair. Along with some funding from other charities I managed to get enough funds to purchase the chair. As you can see I now have my new chair and I love it. It has lights and indicators and it has a micro-control which I can manage even though I don’t have much strength in my hands. I feel so much more confident. Thank you once again. Dominic’
Hand-cycle10 Apr 2018
Andrew, who lives in the West Midlands was given a medical discharge from the Army having served for 9 years. His knee injury continued to worsen and now Andrew uses a wheelchair 90% of the time. Having lived an outdoor and active life Andrew managed to keep his mind engaged but struggled to remain physically fit. Andrew raised half the money towards a hand-cycle and DTD Charity was able to help by funding the remainder. Within a few weeks Andrew was able to increase the distance he could cycle and wrote to say, "Thanks again for helping me get this wonderful machine."
Drop Arm Chair05 Mar 2018
Jasdeep has cerebral palsy which includes being blind and having learning difficulties. He was no longer able to go to day care as there was no appropriate chair for him to sit in. Spending too long in his wheelchair was extremely uncomfortable for Jasdeep and was leading to challenging behaviour. DTD Charity was able to help with the purchase of a drop arm chair which allows Jasdeep to side transfer from his wheelchair and therefore access respite care. His advocate writes to say, "Once again many thanks, It is humbling to think that employees are willing to contribute in this way to the charity."
Scooot29 Jan 2018
Harrison is now three years old and lives in Warwickshire with his mum and dad. Despite extensive testing Harrison's condition remains undiagnosed although it is clear he has severe global delay, low muscle tone and limited movement of his legs. Harrison however remains a happy and contented little boy who likes his books and playing with his toys. DTD Charity were able to help by funding a Scooot which provides an early experience of independence for children with mobility challenges. It frees them to explore their home, play and race around without help. Mum wrote, "Just a short note to say, we received it just after Christmas and Harrison is using it every day". Many thanks to both you and the DTD Charity for all your help and assistance with this."
Mobility Scooter28 Dec 2017
Gillian's chronic back pain had left her incontinent and unable to walk more than a few paces. Although Wheelchair Services had supplied her with an indoor electric wheelchair they wouldn't provide an outdoor one due to access problems. This meant that Gillian was very isolated and lacked any independence. DTD Charity was able to help with the purchase of a mobility scooter. At Christmas Gillian wrote to say how her life had greatly improved with the scooter and how she was enjoying getting out and about. It was lovely to hear about such a positive outcome.
Through-floor Lift21 Sep 2017
After an acute illness Hazel had to have one leg amputated above the knee. She has worked hard with her physio and is aiming to return to work as soon as she can. Hazel lives in a typical Victorian terrace with an extremely steep staircase. After much discussion and debate she was advised that in no circumstances should she try to climb the stairs herself and that unfortunately the staircase was not suitable for a stairlift. Hazel was facing a future of sleeping alone downstairs but DTD Charity were able to help with some funding towards a through floor lift. She is now able to safely access the bedroom and bathroom and Hazel wanted to thank all involved with making this happen for her.
Re-bound Therapy17 Aug 2017
Peter, 26, lives in supported living in Nottinghamshire. He has severe autism and learning disabilities together with challenging behaviour. Peter loved his trampoline which had a wonderful calming effect on him. Unfortunately it was old and became unsafe for him to use. DTD Charity was able to help with a new in-ground trampoline which was suitable for both Peter and his housemate. This will help with both sensory experiences and exercise. One of Peter's carers writes to say, "I would like to thank you for your donations and contributions to the installation of this, it is proving to be of great benefit."
Nicola's Electric Wheelchair01 Jun 2017
Nicola has cerebral palsy and was no longer able to manage her manual wheelchair. She and her family had saved hard to allow Nicola to fund the adaptations of her own home in Birmingham to allow her to live independent. She had to defer her college teaching course as the electric chair temporarily provided by Wheelchair Services was just not suitable. A number of charities, including DTD Charity were able to help by contributing towards a suitable chair for Nicola. She writes to say, "The Dragon powerchair really is fantastic, thanks so much for your support with purchasing it: it makes my busy life better and easier in so many ways, from social interaction with people standing up, to playing with my cat on the floor, to picking things up if I drop them, and getting underneath tables of varying heights, due to its ability to change height to such a great degree."
Nirav's Electric Wheelchair11 May 2017
Nirav, from Nottingham, has merosin deficit congenial muscular dystrophy and is reliant on an electric wheelchair for all his mobility needs. His previous chair was old and had been discontinued meaning he could no longer get replacement parts. DTD Charity were able to help by contributing towards his new chair which in turn has helped Nirav to continue to be an active member of the Muscular Dystrophy UK's Trailblazers, a network of young disabled people who campaign to remove the barriers that prevent them from living full and independent lives. He writes to say, "I sit a lot straighter and I feel and the seat raising function has definitely been a life changer. Many many thanks once again for all your assistance."