22-years-old Kateryna Pemberton suffers from a rare, degenerative condition named spinal muscular atrophy which creates muscle wastage, muscle weakness, extreme tiredness, progressive muscle weakness, and joint pain.
She is entirely dependent upon her mother and caretakers because she always requires the use of a hoist or wheelchair and assistance as she is a patient of scoliosis.
Kateryna said while she had the previous chair, she would mostly be in her bed since the chair was always in one position and that used to cause pain her body. But in this new chair, there are so many things she can do. She can recline and tilt the chair, and it also allows her to stretch her legs. The best part is that she can now get out of her bed.
Adapted trikes, car seats, and much more specialized equipment are funded by Children Today for children and young people up to the age of 25 years old with disabilities.
The charity aims to provide better access to education and work for young people with disabilities and by their life-changing equipment, they also want to help them to improve both physical and mental well-being.
The support that Children Today give to children and young people in need like Kateryna only is possible after some fundraising events have happened or voluntary donations. There is no support given by the Government or NHS to the trust.
“We know more young people like Kateryna are going to need our support in the coming months as households across the country feel the financial impact of the pandemic, yet we’re worried about the future of our small charity in these unsettled times. Sadly, our fundraising activities have been heavily hit by the coronavirus as we’ve had to postpone a number of events. Because of this, we’ve created a ‘WorkOUT from a Home challenge’ that people can take part in from the comfort of their own home to get fit whilst helping us continue to change the lives of young people, said Hugh McCaw, Founder of Children Today.