My real name is Glen Shorey (better known as 'Wheelchair Boy' because of my blog) and I am 21 years young. I suffer from Friedreich's Ataxia, which is a gradual disease that damages the nervous system and affects physical movements. Don't worry if you haven't heard of it because it's not that common and doesn't get much attention. It affects 1 in 50,000 worldwide so I guess I drew the short straw (or I was a sinner in my past life as Glenn Hoddle believes). Either way, it basically means that I am in a wheelchair full time, have metal rods in my back and have heart isuues. It also affects my sight and hearing but they pale into insignificance compared to the other problems.
Unfortunately, my condition has deteriorated in recent months meaning that standing transfers have become extrremely difficult and highly dangerous. I used to get in and out of my Kia Venga fine but I'm begining to collapse onto the floor on a regular basis and I need a new system to get in my car safely. Luckily, I haven't hurt myself but I feel it will be only be a matter of time so the Carony Classic cannot come quick enough; hence why I am on here begging for donations.
Basiclcally, it's a car seat that slides out onto a wheel base so that no transfer is necessary. It comes with either 12" or 24" wheels. I have chosen the 24" model so that I can maintain the little bit of independence I still have and be able to push myself, even if it is only a little distance.
At the moment, I have a car seat that turns out. I then hold onto the car door, stand up (becoming increasingly difficult) and transfer into my wheelchair. Having a Carony Classic would make my life (and that of my carers) so much easier as it would commpletely eradicate the chance of me falling.
It does! When it comes to disability, everything seems to cost that little bit more. I'll break it down if you don't believe me:
The supply and fit of 24in Wheelchair Base- £2480.00
Rails/sliders to be fitted in the car- £280.00
Handles so that carer can push- £320.00
The Carony Classic will mean that I can stay in the front next to the driver rather than being stuck in the back of a van, unable to hear and participate in conversations.
That means the total is only £3080.00, which is considerably less than my target figure.
However, I will be stuck in the chair for most of the day so had to consider comfort. The standard chair becomes uncomfortable if you are in it for longer than an hour so I will need a bespoke with all the correct back/kidney support.The Daytona Jensen sports seat is priced as follows:
Seat with upgraded Jensen low base- £429.00
Upgrade to split vinyl/fabric mix- £50.00
Dual arm rest-£175.00
The seat is the same model used in the dugouts at the Emirates Stadium but don't worry, mine won't be red or have the Arsenal badge on so you won't be donating towards a football chair.
It makes the overall total for the whole system £3734.00
If you need extra incentive than merely helping 'Wheelchair Boy', I will offer rewards which will be updated regularly.
Fo further info or additional photos, please read: http://theadventuresofwheelchairboy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/new-car-seat.html or send me your questions.