“I was desperate for a suitable wheelchair for college, to help me be independent and get around easily”
Andrew, who is 16 years old, lives in Hampshire with his mum, granny and his 'therapy cat', Lucas. Andrew has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) due to nerve damage caused by minor nail surgery. He struggles with intense, ongoing pain. Andrew also has Allodynia in his right foot, which means that he cannot bear any touch on it and cannot walk without using crutches or a wheelchair. Andrew had a basic, heavy, self-propelled wheelchair which he really struggled to manage, and he kept crashing into trees. He tells us: “I was desperate for a suitable wheelchair for college, that would help me to be independent and get around easily”. Thankfully, Variety was able to step in and fund a lightweight active wheelchair for him, which has made an enormous difference to his life.