Mobility Trust was founded in 1972 to develop special road
vehicles for severely disabled people, built on the work of the electronic
laboratories at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Roger Jefcoate, deputy director there for ten years, was a founder of our
charity and remains as a very active Vice-President.
Since then the need has changed from the development of new mobility aids to funding them. We now concentrate on providing powered wheelchairs and scooters for people with significantly impaired mobility that cannot obtain such equipment through statutory sources or afford to purchase it themselves.
We feel it is essential that everyone be given the chance to attain their own potential for independence through mobility. We are the only charity providing such broad support, regardless of age or cause of disability. We give direct help to disabled people, covering a variety of disabling diseases that we have all heard of and many more obscure but devastating ones.
A powered wheelchair can cost between £3,000 and £15,000 depending on the severity of the disability and the adaptations needed. This is totally out of reach for most people.
Mobility Trust do not provide grants, instead we organise a professional assessment, fundraise for the prescribed equipment and organise the ordering and delivery of the equipment.
We do not provide equipment until the beneficiary has been assessed by a specialist healthcare professional, usually a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist who will prescribe the most suitable mobility equipment to match their clinical needs and lifestyle needs. An important factor of this assessment is for the beneficiary to have a trial in a powered wheelchair or scooter considered suitable for their needs. This will take place in their own home and surrounding environment to ensure that they are able to safely and independently operate the equipment with competence and will make full use of it.
Once all details have been approved we will commence fundraising for each individual person that we are able to commit to.