Once again my fantastic neighbours have come to the rescue and solved the dilemma of how to fundraise whilst being on means tested benefits by setting up a paypal account themselves. This means the money doesn't have to go through my bank account and avoids any potential issues with the DWP as the wheelchair is then a gift.
So, on March 17th there will be a fundraising gig at Panache in Hoylake which has it's own facebook page here. There's all sorts of background information about why I need an electric wheelchair and why I don't meet the NHS criteria here, here, here and here. The gig is open to anyone who wants to attend and I'm getting quite excited about the idea of being well enough to actually go out for an evening...the last time I can recall being sometime in October last year...
The best 'guesstimate' I could get for the price of a customised wheelchair is approximately £6000. As it's a guesstimate I might be lucky and find it's only £5000 but equally it could potentially be £10,000 - I won't know until the full assessment on the 5th of March. Whilst there are cheaper electric wheelchairs available, £2000 odd isn't a cheap option, so I've decided its better to wait until I can afford a more expensive customised chair which will hopefully last me many years, instead of a cheaper chair I'd need to replace within a couple.
For the record, I hate having to do this - asking other people for money to fund a wheelchair feels like begging. Its humiliating and embarrassing. That's why my community stepping in to organise this is so wonderful, not only does it reduce the practical burden on me, but the emotional too. So, if any of you would like to help contribute, you'll have my thanks and eternal gratitude for being part of a whole group of people helping me to focus on increased independence, not continued dependence.