Our Purposes

Our purpose is to financially assist severely disabled people of all ages, individually or in groups to enable them to have access to equipment and services which will make a positive difference to their quality of life. Through the personal experience of some of our friends and relatives, we realise that statutory provision does not always cover items and services which are very specialised and that these can make an important contribution to the wellbeing of severely disabled people. We see this as the target area for our donations.

Can we help you?

Have a look at our FAQ's page before applying to check whether you or your organisation fit our criteria.

Thank you for visiting DTD Charity. The charity is supported by contributions from the employees, customers and management of Dusk Till Dawn.

News

  • Players Donation

    08 Jul 2021

    A big thank you to TeamLYE.poker for the kind donation they have made to the charity today.

     

     

     

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  • Lightweight Wheelchair

    01 Jul 2021

    Chris, who is tetraplegic following an accident in his early 20's, recently developed an immune system syndrome which has weakened his muscles. After an extended stay in hospital in 2020 it became clear that his old wheelchair was no longer suitable as it was too heavy for him to manoeuvre effectively. "I am writing to say a big thank you for the £2,500 you donated towards a new lightweight wheelchair. Along with some funding from wheelchair services I managed to get enough funds to purchase the chair. I now have my new chair and I love it. It has already made a huge difference to my independence and Wellbeing. I feel so much more confident. Thank you once again."

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  • Powered Wheelchair

    22 Jun 2021

    Kevin has facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. This means a progressive muscle degeneration, with increasing weakness and loss of bulk of muscles. A powered wheelchair was recommended for Kevin and DTD Charity was able to fund the full amount needed to purchase it. We were delighted to hear from Kevin a few weeks after he took delivery of new wheelchair when he wrote to say, "it has made my life so much better, have been out on it a lot".

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  • Wheelchair funding

    18 May 2021

    After quite a battle and with part funding from DTD Charity, Heather was finally able to get the wheelchair she needed. After a lower leg amputation Heather has not always been able to use her prosthetic which can be very uncomfortable. She needed a lightweight wheelchair with removable wheels so that she could easily get it in and out of the car and maintain her independence. She writes to say, "So grateful for your help it’s changed mine and my daughter's life. Thanks to having this chair I can at least get outside. Forever grateful." 

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  • Accessibility

    30 Apr 2021

    'A huge thank you to the wonderful DTD Charity for funding my pathway. I can now get around my outside space and garden on my prosthetic legs and on a bad day using my wheelchair without any difficulties. I'm so grateful for the help, well done for the marvellous work you are doing and also thanks to Betel Gardens for doing a brilliant job with the pathway.'

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  • Mobility Scooters

    28 Apr 2021

    After much consideration the trustees have decided that, for the time being, they will no longer be able to consider applications for mobility scooters. 

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  • 2021 Awards - So Far...

    19 Mar 2021

    So far this year the trustees of DTD Charity are pleased to have been able to help with funding towards two powerchairs, one sports wheelchair, one hoist, two accessibility projects, one DFG top-up, one mobilty scooter and some specialist leggings.

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  • Exerciser

    09 Mar 2021

    Megan has cerebral palsy and uses a powered wheelchair for day to day activities. Her physio was keen for Megan to exercise her arms and legs to help with muscle and joint stiffness as well as maintaining cardiovascular fitness. DTD Charity has been able to help by part funding a MOTOmed LOOP for arms and legs. Not the easiest, to take a selfie whilst using a hand cycle

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  • Electric wheelchair

    08 Feb 2021

    DTD Charity is delighted to have been able to help Mark fund his new wheelchair. He was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenital and his specialist chair allows him to move around independently.

    Mark writes, "I am so thrilled with it.  I can already feel a huge difference in my comfort. Thank you so much for your kind pledge."

    When the Covid restrictions abate Mark will be able to get out and about again and once more be able to get down to the local pool to enjoy his weekly swim.

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  • National Coverage

    04 Jan 2021

    We know how difficult 2020 was for so many and things are still going to be tough in 2021. For this reason the trustees have agreed to expand the geographical area we cover to the whole of the UK for a six month trial. So we are now welcoming applictions from all UK postcodes until the end of July. Hopefully we can help more people with funding for much needed items like new wheelchairs. 

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  • Smart Drive

    10 Nov 2020

    Following a road traffic accident in his teens Rob became a full-time wheelchair user. After many years of use Rob’s shoulders were being to give him increased pain and were making it particularly difficult for him to manoeuvre on uneven surfaces. DTD Charity was able to help with funding toward a Smart Drive and Rob has written to say what a difference it has made especially as he has been able to avoid shoulder surgery. He has also been able to spend more quality time outdoors with his grandson, a real bonus in this very strange year.

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  • Can anyone help?

    01 Oct 2020

     

    Mark has been funding raising for a new wheelchair for over two years now. Along with a number of other charities DTD Charity has helped Mark get nearer to his goal of £23,481 but he still needs £5,560. If you think you may be able to help out please have a look https://www.gofundme.com/f/can-you-help-mark-please?utm_source=customer-andr&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=email . We really would like to help Mark get his new wheelchair soon.
     
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  • A safe space to sleep

    19 Aug 2020

    Just before lockdown we were able to help Danny who is non-verbal autistic and struggles with sleeping. His mum writes to say, “Thank you so much for all your help in getting the safe space bed . It has  been amazing . It’s a life changing piece of equipment . Danny’s sleep routine has been so much more settled and I have piece of mind knowing he’s safe and the fact that Danny loves it so much is a added bonus! Sending big thanks”. 

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  • Covid-19 Update

    01 Jul 2020

    Covid-19 Update - We're Back

    As a charity funded by the staff and management of a leisure industry company, Dusk Till Dawn (which remains closed as per government restrictions), we have been furloughed. Luckily a limited number of staff have been able to started back one hour a day to deal with DTD Charity work. Please bear with us as we deal with the backlog.

     

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  • Covid-19

    16 Mar 2020

    COVID-19 Update

    DTD Charity is funded by the staff and management of Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham; staff contribute 1% of their salary and the management matches it. Administration costs are also covered by the management so that all the financial contributions can be used to assist others. The staff involved with DTD Charity work for Dusk Till Dawn and have various roles within the organisation; they administer the charity on a part-time and often out of hours basis. 

    Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic it is with a heavy heart that Dusk Till Dawn has made the decision to furlough staff. Like many other organisations it is the company's overriding priority to protect the health and wellbeing of staff, customers and also all the beneficiaries of DTD Charity. We will continue to monitor and follow UK government guidelines.

    We would like to apologises for the inconvenience this may cause but appreciate your understanding.

    Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives

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  • Hand-cycle for a wheelchair

    17 Feb 2020

    12 years ago Philip, from Notttingham, had a life changing accident and is now tetraplegic. In order to help with fitness and generally getting out and about he had a hand cycle attachment for his manual wheelchair. After 10 years of use this needed replacing and DTD Charity was able to help with funding towards a Speedy Duo 2. Philip's OT has written to say, "He is continuing to enjoy the freedom gained from having a bike that he is able to operate independently...Thank you again for the help DTD Charity has given."   

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  • Young Carers Awareness Day

    30 Jan 2020

    A big shout out to all the young carers out there, you do a great job. Young carers have many more responsibilities than most young people. These can include things like helping someone get up, washed, toileted and dressed; preparing food; looking after siblings; administering medication; doing the washing and cleaning - and this is all before they leave for school.

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  • Thank you

    16 Jan 2020

    On a cold, wet January day this montage has made me smile. I hope it makes you smile too smile.

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  • MERRY CHRISTMAS

    24 Dec 2019

    Merry Christmas Everyone and a special thank you to all the staff at Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham who fund DTD Charity by donating 1% of their salaries. 

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  • International Day of Disabled Persons

    03 Dec 2019

    Today is the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons. This special day was begun in 112 by the United Nations.  It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

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  • Electric Wheelchair

    17 Nov 2019

    A lovely 'thank-you' from Shaun.

     

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  • Mobility Scooter

    02 Oct 2019

    Unfortunatley we are not able to accept mobility scooter applications at the moment.

    Left as a below knee amputee after a teenage accident Rob was finding it increasing difficult to get out and about. DTD Charity has been able to help with funding for a mobility scooter.

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  • Mobility Scooter

    23 Sep 2019

    Unfortunatley we are not able to accept mobility scooter applications at the moment.

    Janet has sent this wonderful photo to say thank you to DTD Charity for funding her mobility scooter. She is no longer housebound and can now get out and about and visit friends and family locally.

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  • Diversity Awards

    21 Sep 2019

    Congratulations to Myles - a local Nottingham hero

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  • World Spinal Cord Injury Day

    05 Sep 2019

    Because #EveryFourHours a spinal cord injury changes someone's life.

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  • Makaton Training

    01 Aug 2019

    Our Fund Manager, Zoe, attended a makaton course, the language programme that uses signs and symbols to give everyone a helping hand to communicate.

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  • World Friendship Day

    30 Jul 2019

    Today is World Friendship Day - say hello to someone new today. It could be that neighbour you pass in the street or the person you sit opposite on the bus. And pass on that smile.

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  • Changing Places Awareness Day

    19 Jul 2019

    Today is Changing Places Awareness Day. Did you know that only 63 UK hospitals have a registered changing places toilet?

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  • Hand-cycle

    27 Jun 2019

    A couple of years ago we were able to help Andrew with the final bit of funding towards a hand-cycle. Andrew has become a keen cyclist and has really benefitted from the activity. He has kept in touch and came back to us this year to see if we could top up the funds he needed to make some modifications to his hand-cycle. With a small motor attached he is now able to pedal further and he continues to get all the physical and social benefits of cycling.

     

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  • Deaf Awareness Week

    06 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.”

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  • 'Tough' sofa

    14 Apr 2019

    Bradley, aged 18, has a diagnosis of autism. He is non-verbal and has severe learning difficulties and uses bouncing and rocking as coping mechanisms. Having gone through two sofas in two year Tough Furniture was finally recommended to his mum as an alternative to standard furniture. DTD Charity was able to help by funding a new sofa for Bradley. Hi mum has written to say, ‘I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for helping us with the sofa for Bradley. It's lovely and will be perfect for him.’

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  • Downs Syndrome Awareness Day

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  • Muscular Dystrophy Wheelchair

    10 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.’ 

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  • Rebound Therapy

    28 Feb 2019

    DTD Charity are delighted to have funded a trampoline for a Nottinghamshire SEN school. After a couple of hours unloading the lorry and setting up the equipment Zoe was ready for some rebound therapy along with Chloe Smith of Ash Lea School. 

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  • Wheelchair

    01 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.’

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  • Safe Travel Bed

    22 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.’

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  • Happy New Year

    01 Jan 2019

    Happy New Year Everyone. 

    We aim to help severely disabled people of all ages; including those with significant sensory, physical, and intellectual impairments and those with complex and challenging behavioural needs. We can pay for, or contribute towards specific items which will make a positive difference to the quality of life of individuals or groups.

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  • Merry Christmas

    24 Dec 2018

    Thank you so much to everyone that has contributed to DTD Charity in 2018. The charity aims to help local disabled people and is funded by the staff, management and customers of Dusk Till Dawn. Your donations make a real difference to lives.

     

    In 2018 the DTD Charity trustees have considered 40 funding applications and grants made include funding towards:-

     

    9  wheelchairs

    6 home alterations

    5 specialist beds and chairs

    4 mobility scooters

    3 specialist accommodation holidays

    2 trikes

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  • Weight Challenge Update

    05 Nov 2018

    Wadey has also had a massive week shifting 8lbs since the weigh-in.

    Thank you to everyone that has already donated.

    Dan has shifted a hefty 6lbs.

    Wadey has dropped 8lbs.

    Adam has lost a massive 12lbs!

     

     

    And Hollie - well that would be telling...wink

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  • A new trike

    22 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.

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  • Weight Loss Challenge

    21 Oct 2018

    Dusk Till Dawn regulars are taking part in a charity weight loss competion. Money raised will go to DTD Charity which supports severely disabled people across the counties of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, West Midlands and Warwickshire.  After much complaining smile the initial weigh-in was completed - Hollie Hearts (Adam Bone and Hollie Capper) have a combined weight of 1.81 and the competitors, Gone Fishing (Wadey Ashraf and Dan Pratchett) have a combined weight of 31.5. May the best team win.

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  • Donate online - by popular demand

    05 Oct 2018

    Although DTD Charity is mainly funded by the staff and management of Dusk Till Dawn a number of requests have been made to have a 'donate' page to make it easier for others to contribute too - so we have - thanks to IT and Finance for making this happen.

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  • Brenda and Zoe trying out a Vest

    01 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.

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  • Profiling Bed

    15 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.’

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  • Players Donation

    18 Aug 2018

    Big thanks to Sylvia and Adam who came down to the club and played poker, our very own Caesar and Diana, to raise money for DTD Charity. Thank you also to all staff & players who contributed helping raise £1000.

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  • Mobility Scooter

    31 Jul 2018

    Unfortunatley we are not able to accept mobility scooter applications at the moment.

    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.

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  • Electric Wheelchair

    01 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’

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  • Hand-cycle

    10 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."

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  • Drop Arm Chair

    05 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."

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  • Scooot

    29 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."

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  • Mobility Scooter

    28 Dec 2017

    Unfortunatley we are not able to accept mobility scooter applications at the moment.

    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.

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  • Through-floor Lift

    21 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.

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  • Re-bound Therapy

    17 Aug 2017

    Peter, 1, 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."

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  • Electric Scooter

    21 Jul 2017

    Unfortunatley we are not able to accept mobility scooter applications at the moment.

    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.

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  • Nicola's Electric Wheelchair

    01 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."

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  • Nirav's Electric Wheelchair

    11 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."

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