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Mobility Trust was founded in 1972 to develop special road vehicles for severely disabled people, building on the work of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville hospital. Roger Jefcoate CBE DL, who was deputy director of the electronic laboratories there for ten years, is one of the founders of our charity and remains a very active Vice-President.
While the need for innovation in equipment for disabled people continues, there is also a pressing need for such equipment to be funded.
Not only does disability present myriad life challenges, it also frequently entails enormous cost in order for people with disabilities to live their lives to their full potential.
It’s also an inescapable truth that the majority of disabled people are not in a position to earn the level of salary that might privately fund the equipment they need. Indeed, many live their lives on the breadline – or worse.
So how can someone who needs a powered wheelchair that might cost anywhere between £3000 and £15000 find the money that can buy them their independence and freedom from social isolation?