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New wheelchair for desperate Thames Ditton dad

A seriously ill father of triplets will now be able to spend valuable time with his sons, after receiving a custom-made wheelchair.

Steve Evans, from Thames Ditton, was last year diagnosed with motor neurone disease, which attacks the upper and lower motor neurones, leading to the wasting away of muscles.

Mr Evans was desperate to spend as much time as possible outside the house with his sons, but had been unable to get a grant.

Central Surrey Health (CSH), a service that provides therapy and nursing to the community, referred Mr Evans to the wheelchair services for a grant towards a Frontier X5, a specific type of off road wheelchair, but it was turned down because of the deteriorating nature of his condition.

It was believed that Mr Evans would not be able to use the chair in three months time and would not be able to use any more grant money to get another one.

However, the wheelchair services contacted CSH to see if there was anything else that could be done.

Sarah King, from CSH, said: “I thought about the possibility of getting the supplier of Frontier X5 to hire it on a monthly basis and apply for funding.

“I called the UK distributor All Terain Wheelchairs and asked if this would be possible in view of Mr Evans’ condition.

“I then asked the MND Association if it would fund the rental.”

The attempt was successful, and on Tuesday, December 2, Mr Evans’ wish became a reality, when the customised Frontier X5 wheelchair was delivered to his house.

Ms King said: “Three organisations worked together within the community to come up with a solution for Mr Evans that was slightly outside the box, but enhances his ability to spend time with his young family.”