Variety agreed to fund a compact powered wheelchair, designed especially for children. Stanley insisted on having a cheerful, bright yellow colour.
Since the powered wheelchair arrived, Stanley has been getting up to all the types of mischief that a seven-year-old should be. Having a wheelchair that doesn’t make him feel tired means that Stanley can now actively take part in exploring the world with his family, choosing either to lead or to follow.
Now that he's in charge of his own mobility, Stanley's whole family also has the freedom to go on days out to places that were previously inaccessible. The chair works well on most terrains, which means that shops, steam fairs, and even hills are now within reach. Stanley also has begun to 'dance' and 'play chase', all made possible by altering the speed on his Tiny Trax.
The safety features of the chair are wonderful too. Stanley has full control over operating the chair, but if he starts to fatigue, it has a function that allows his parents to override the controller so they can get him somewhere safe and he can take a break.
Perhaps the most poignant difference the chair has made to Stanley's life is that he can now hold hands with whomever he chooses while out and about. Previously, he always had to be pushed from behind, so holding hands wasn't possible.
With his greater independence, Stanley is visibly growing in self-confidence every day.
Delighted Dad Matt told us: “We can’t thank Variety enough for providing a life-changing piece of equipment and for giving us our fun-loving Stan back!” And Stanley told us: “I like my yellow chair! I can catch my brother now!”