Everyone has a wish-list, but unfortunately, some people can just dream about ticking items off their wish-list. For some, medical reasons become a hindrance, for others, it’s their fear or lack of support. We would like to highlight the story of a dad who is fundraising to buy an off-road wheelchair for his son so that he can tick off all items of his wish-list.
Scott and Michelle Pownall’s son Archie suffers from Angelman Syndrome. It is a genetic condition that requires him to use a wheelchair. He is unable to eat or speak himself. Walking is a struggle for him, so he relies on his parents for all his daily routine activities. Being glued to the wheelchair has led to him missing childhood fun. The wheelchair is a significant constraint when he is outdoors as it's hard to maneuver the standard wheelchair in harsh terrains. As a father, Scott wishes he could do more outdoor activities with his son, and they could try new things together. It’s tough for parents to see their child missing on all the fun and is isolated from his friends.
Scott wants to show Archie a place by the river in Clifton that he used to visit since he was a child. The current wheelchair won’t be able to handle the terrain; hence he has started making efforts towards raising funds for an off-terrain wheelchair for his son. An off-road wheelchair would cost around £3,000, but with extras like tyres, the cost would be close to £5,000. Scott and his 14 friends have decided to participate in 'The Hathersage Bronze Challenge' to get held on 23rd September, where they will have to walk 50 km in 12 hours.
All their efforts have helped them raise about half the amount required for the off-road wheelchair. It’s seldom that one gets a chance to help a beautiful soul and bring a smile on their face.