to the Island a few years ago having decided to settle in a new area.
She chose the Island after hearing about the very proactive MS group here
on the Island.
Ruth has found walking more and more difficult but does manage short distances
with the aid of a walker.
The walking problem has meant that outings were largely limited to travel
in her car. When she moved to the Island she settled in a bungalow just
a few hundred yards from the cliff at Lake and enjoyed the walks along
the cliff path.
When this became impossible, she asked if the branch could help in any
way. Through a contact with a committee member at the Friday club she
was able to obtain a part used electric wheelchair. It made just one trip
to the cliff path when the batteries gave up. The committee agreed that
a grant was in order to have new batteries supplied and fitted.
Ruth now has the freedom to enjoy the open air she enjoyed so much.
Within a few days of getting the wheelchair she used it to visit Shanklin
sea front then travel along the sea wall all the way to Sandown to enjoy
an ice cream before returning home. She has also used the wheelchair to
attend a branch social over a mile and a half away.
been given back my garden.
Grace is a
lady who has been a member for many years and who served as an active
committee member. She lives in a housing association flat with a pretty
Although she is unable to maintain her garden, a good neighbour in the
flat above keeps it looking beautiful all year round.
Her sitting room had a large window overlooking the garden. Despite giving
a lovely view to the downs beyond, it only allowed her to look, not get
involved. From her front door to the garden gate was measured as about
seventy yards through two awkward gates.
Grace's daughter mentioned to a committee member just how much her mum
missed the garden as to get into the garden meant a long walk around the
block of flats. She had her doubts that anything could be done as it is
a rented property, but it would be so nice if the window could be replaced
by French doors. A committee member spent time negotiating with the housing
association bosses and finally obtained permission to have the work done.
Quotes were obtained from three local builders and scrutinised by the
committee. Application form for a grant having been completed, the committee
approved a grant to allow work to start. The grant was made on the basis
that it would make a significant improvement to Graces quality of life.
A radiator under the window was relocated, the window replaced with French
doors and a step made into the garden.
Grace can now bring the garden indoors by opening the doors or easily
get into the garden to sit in the sun.
Grace's comment to a committee member on completion of the work was "I
have my garden back and can hang out my own washing!"
At an awareness
day event arranged by the Island branch a young family approached some
of our committee members. As a mum to three children she knew nothing
about the local group. She was delighted to hear how much support was
available locally and at the MS centre in Shanklin. She spent quite a
long time chatting whilst other committee members amused her young daughter.
One thing she was sad about was not being able to meet her child from
her first school. Her husband had always had to take the roll of getting
the little one to the school and home again.
During the conversation it was agreed that a small mobility scooter would
give her so much freedom and free her husband from having to push her
wheelchair everywhere as well as keeping an eye on three small children..
The three members of the support committee were present at the awareness
day and agreed that the lady qualified for a grant towards getting the
scooter and that it would make such a difference to her life. The forms
were completed there and then.
Within a week she was in receipt of her shiny new scooter and within another
week we were sent a picture of mum on her scooter and her daughter on
their way home from school. It means so much to the whole family.
riser recliner chair.
Andy is one
of those people who is an inspiration to us all. He is always determined
to get the best out of everything he does and he has done some crazy things!
To raise funds he fulfilled a lifelong ambition to drive around the motor
racing circuit at Goodwood. He broke all the rules and did probably the
slowest lap on his mobility scooter. He did three laps when he was only
supposed to do one!
As moving about is getting more and more difficult Andy has to deal with
extreme fatigue on a daily bases. He knows that just sitting and not moving
is not helping his MS but finds that sometimes the struggle to get to
his feet is too much.
at the garden party he held at his home
A riser recliner
seemed to be the answer as it helps him to a standing position and from
there he can use his walking frame to move about indoors. Forms were completed
to apply for a grant and an amount for his own contribution agreed. It
just remained for Andy to choose the upholstery colour that he wanted
The chair is in constant use and has made a great improvement in his day
to day life.
It is all done
by thoughtful people who care, people with dedication pulling together
to ensure we have the money to improve the lives of people living with
MS and the people close to them.
Our shop in
Shanklin produced the bulk of our funds. Donations of stock for the shop
are always needed and welcome. A huge amount of work goes into arranging
a grand auction every other year. We always need items or services that
we can auction or good quality prizes for the raffle held at the same
time. The auction raises a substantial amount for the kitty. Some truly
amazing people have done amazing things whilst being sponsored. These
events such as the Great South run are always a good source of funds.
The cake break held once a year is a great way to raise funds whilst enjoying
good company and great cakes. National Centre will help people who choose
to run such an event by letting you have an event pack with bunting, invitations
you can help.
We need substantial
funds in order for the Society to continue to help people with day today
necessities and niceties that can help in so many ways. The committee
and volunteers work tirelessly to obtain these funds and do so quite successfully.
However, help to raise funds is always required and very welcome.
You can help in many ways. Volunteering to hold a fundraising event or
to support a fundraising event, a direct bequest to the branch or have
a simple collecting box at home. Do you or one of your contacts have somewhere
we can locate a collecting tin, pub, shop, club for example. Maybe you
have a deep down urge to swim the channel, climb Snowdon, free fall parachute
jump or walk from Lands end to John O'groats. If that's the case, MS national
centre will do all they can to help you in your efforts.
Leaving money in your will is an amazing way to show support to the charity
that supports so many people.
If you have any idea's, no matter how outrageous, please talk to a committee
member about it.
© Isle of Wight Branch 2009 - Registered Charity Nos. 1139257/SCO41990