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    Community Raise £21,000 To Give Leisha with CP Standing Powered Wheelchair

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    Leisha Lamberth, 13 from Telscombe near Brighton, has received a life-changing Etac E890 electric wheelchair thanks to the fundraising efforts of Telscombe Mayor and Councillor Wayne Botting and the local community.

    Etac UK is a leading assistive technology specialist that provides adult and paediatric Balder and E800-series electric wheelchairs to individuals who live with significantly reduced mobility. Its E890 wheelchair is a cutting-edge, ergonomic design built in Norway and through its world-leading powered functionality, gives users the ability to achieve a variety of movements including a standing position.

    Mayor Botting began a fundraising campaign called ‘Stand up for Leisha’ in July this year with a view to raising funds to purchase a specialist Etac powerchair. An E890 wheelchair would give Leisha greater independence at school and home whilst ensuring maximum comfort and confidence when engaging with friends and peers. Leisha’s Cerebral Palsy results in co-ordination difficulties and the inability to stand – the Etac powered wheelchair would greatly assist with these issues however it is not available through the NHS. Mayor Botting was determined to pull his community together so that Leisha’s life could be significantly improved. When he took office as Mayor last year, he pledged: “It is my ambition to change at least one person’s life for the better – Leisha’s cause fits the bill perfectly. There should be no price too high for happiness and independence.”

    The first phase of Mayor Botting’s campaign involved setting up a Just Giving donation page that raised an impressive £9,000 in four weeks. This total was increased by a multitude of events organised by the Mayor including a dinner dance, 10k sponsored walks and ice bucket challenges in local pubs. He generated significant local press interest that propelled donations even further and also attended a fundraiser at a Peacehaven school dressed in a fun ‘onesie’ and his Mayoral chains.

    Once the final total had been achieved, the process of ordering the Etac E890 powered wheelchair began along with specific assessment of Leisha’s needs. This would ensure her bespoke wheelchair would give tailored comfort, postural support and appropriate functionality for better day-to-day living. Following delivery of the electric wheelchair, a presentation was organised at Telscombe Town Council’s Civic Centre on Telscombe Cliffs. The Deputy Lieutenant Michael Chowen; Mayor of Seaford; Telscombe Town Councillors; Honoured guests from the Lions and Royal Society of St George; Leisha’s family and the local community attended this special evening.

    Councillor Wayne Botting explains: “At the presentation Leisha opened her gift-wrapped Etac powered wheelchair in front of a full house. The smile on her face couldn’t have been any bigger when she realised her wish had come true. Once transferred into her new E890, Leisha powered herself to a standing position, next to the Rev Charlie Goring and me, there was not a dry eye in the room. After her thank you speech, Leisha gave her mother a cuddle for the first time whilst standing on her own. I would like to thank, on behalf of myself and Telscombe Town Council, our amazing community and local charitable groups for the help, love and support shown towards Leisha. This Etac E890 powered wheelchair will truly change Leisha’s life forever as my mission was always to make standing and independence a reality for her - by working together we have achieved this.”

    Picture caption: Whilst living with Cerebral Palsy, Leisha Lamberth can now enjoy increased independence thanks to her donated Etac E890 powered wheelchair. Pictured here standing next to Councillor Wayne Botting who led the fundraising campaign. Pictured credited to: Ellie Hoad, Aniseed Photography.
    Last edited by Etac UK; 14-05-15 at 14:50.

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