A £1,000 grant from Barchester’s Charitable Foundation has helped fund a new standing frame for a man in Alvechurch living with cerebral palsy, which has had a dramatic effect on his health.
David Cook, aged 28, was suffering with increasing health problems because it was very difficult for him to get up from his chair but since the purchase of a standing frame, David’s father says these problems have been quickly disappearing.
The frame was purchased by David’s family with help from several charitable grants, including a £1,000 grant from Barchester’s Charitable Foundation, a charity which helps older people and other adults living with a disability in the UK.
It took David and his family approximately six months to raise the funds, order the chair, set it up and train David’s carers in its use.
David now uses the frame regularly, building up the amount of time he can spend standing in it. Having not used the muscles in his legs for many years, he had to begin with short bursts but now he is able to stand for over half an hour. His target is to stand for over an hour by the end of August.
Being able to stand strengthens David’s muscles and improves circulation, helping to alleviate many of the problems he was experiencing before. It is making it easier for him to continue living independently, with support from live-in carers.
David’s father, Oliver Cook said: “Although David has only been using the frame regularly for about a month, it has become an essential part of his routine and he would be lost without it. His doctor is very pleased with his progress and is considering reducing some of his medication in the near future. I would once again like to thank Barchester’s Charitable Foundation for their generous contribution.”