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A trike for Tim (hybrid wheelchair)

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Raised by 128 people in 11 months
Hi, my names Tim Boxall, a Multiple Sclerosis sufferer with epilepsy, and I hope you can help me get a hybrid wheelchair.. Five years ago, I was diagnosed with progressive Multiple Sclerosis, and I've been living with the condition since. I'd had epileptic seizures also since the age of 12. Multiple Sclerosis (or MS) is a long-lasting, and currently incurable disease that can affect your brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in your eyes. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions. Its been quite a journey over the past few years. The condition always seems to bring another hurdle to cross. I've come to terms with living with it - but in practicality, it doesn't make it any easier. One of the greatest struggles I've faced is with mobility. I went from being fully able-bodied to limping, using a cane, crutches, leg splint then finally, a wheelchair. The problem I now face is that as the condition progesses, I can no longer self propel, and in order to retain any semblence of independence, must use a lightweight, modular powered chair. The problem is, they're expensive and can't be funded on the NHS .   To put it into perspective, I currently spend my life pretty much restricted within a square half mile of my home town, Worthing. Despite being near shops, parks, and the beach, all of these are inaccessible to me. I rely on friends and family to push me in a chair thats become too heavy for me as the MS progresses - so if no-one is available, I'm stuck.  My condition will worsen - thats a fact I've accepted, and I'll never drive due to epilepsy, so I'm hoping that with your support, kindness, and generosity, I can regain my independence. I'm hoping to be able to spend time with my family and friends, to play with my young nieces and nephew in the park, to walk the dog, and to able to travel to places that would previously have never caused problems. I've been a keen charity fundraiser through costuming groups, helping raise over £70,000 in the last 7 years, and I'm hoping that the freedom a hybrid chair will give will allow me to continue. With your help, I can get a lightweight chair through Team Hybrid, with power front wheel that will adapt to my needs both now and through the years, serving me through an uncertain future. I'm hoping to raise whats needed by the end of 2018, allowing me to usher in a new year with newfound freedom. If you can donate, you'll have my eternal gratitude, but if you can't simple best wishes would be just as welcome! Thanks very much for reading, and I'd love it if you could please share and spread the word! Tim  
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Good news everyone! Thanks to a couple of extremely generous offline donations, I'm now almost at the point where I can order the adaptation to the chair and finally get the power wheel unit!

If we can raise £450, we'll be there! I can't thank you enough for you kindness, support and generosity! On the last leg now, with success in sight!
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Hi everyone! Just a quick update, as I thought you might like to see a comparison of my old wheelchair (in blue) to the new wheelchair (in red)

As you can see the size difference is enormous, but what can't be shown in pictures is weight. The old one weighed 12.9kg but the new is nearly half that! It makes it so much easier to push, to get in a car, etc. Plus the comfort change is incredible - the old was like sitting in a bucket, no support, no cushioning, and would be painfully uncomfortable after just 30 minutes. I can spend hours in the new one, and it still feels like a part of me!

I know I keep saying thank you a lot, but I'll say it again here, because I want you to know how grateful I am. Your kindness has quite literally changed my life in an immeasurable way.

There is still some way to go to reach the target so I can get the power add-on, and truly regain my freedom so, while I'm embarrassed to ask, I'd really appreciate it if you could share the campaign. Word of mouth, social media, a little testimony, everything that will increase the reach will be massively appreciated. If you're able to make a donation, however small, it would be incredible as well.

Thanks again, I'll keep posting regular updates, and contact me if you'd like to know more about MS, about the campaign, or any other questions.

See you all soon!
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Hi everyone, I just wanted to say a big thank you again to you all! Because of your donations, I'm now well on the way to the hybrid, with the chair section here! I wanted you all to see what your kindness and generosity has enabled me to fund so far...
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Hi everyone!

I was going to record a video, but my voice is going so I'll have to do it in pictures instead.

I wanted to say an enormous thank you to everyone, to all who've donated, to all who've shared and tweeted and spread the word of the campaign. Thanks to you...I have the chair!

Delivered this week, its the first half of the hybrid trike, a Quickie Helium lightweight chair. It fits like a glove as it was built to fit me, and, for once, I have a chair that feels like it's a part of my body not like a cage. It's so light I can lift it with one arm, and it glides like its on ice. Call me a big old softy, but every time I sit in it, I think of every person who's donated and how much of a difference you've made to my life.

There's still some way to go to get the front part of the hybrid, so thank you for everything you've done. Here's a few pictures to show what we've achieved so far...
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