Gift in will: standing wheelchair

When Joseph Blewett kindly left a gift in his will to Leonard Cheshire Disability, he made a huge difference to many of our residents at St Teresa’s in Penzance.

Mark using a standing wheelchairMany of the residents are full time wheelchair users, so we used Joseph’s gift to buy a standing wheelchair. With just the press of a button residents are given greater mobility and independence. And one of the greatest benefits is they can make eye contact with people they’re speaking to.

St Teresa’s service manager Chris Proctor told us, ‘Anyone that has good finger and arm control can use the chair. It makes such a difference to their health. It relieves sitting pressure whilst allowing their lungs to open up more and really improves their circulation.’

Mark is one of the residents who is grateful for Joseph’s gift. He said, ‘Being able to use a standing wheel chair has changed my life! If I get to stand up for an hour a day it really lifts my spirits and it has definitely improved my overall health.’

Find out how gifts in wills also paid for an adapted minibus, a refurbished computer room and a new suite of accessible kitchens, or how you can leave your own gift in your will.