Rosie’s Powerchair Football dream comes true!

Earlier this we we posted about Rosie, who was trying to raise money for a new powerchair, enabling her to play at higher levels of powerchair football. We are so pleased Rosie was able to raise the money she needed to and had her call up to be part of the England Team!

Rosie got her call up on Monday, and has to spend a weekend in August at a training camp with the rest of the national team.

The news comes following a league and cup double with her London-based team, Aspire PFC, bringing home both the Premiership and FA Cup this season before heading to the Champions League in October.

At the moment Rosie is having to increase her training from the two hours a week she does at Watford with her team, to another six hours a week independently. However, it is really hard to find affordable space. It will only be Rosie training, and a hall at the UEA can cost between £50 and £100 for an hour, sadly Rosie just can’t afford that.Rosie new chair

If the training camp, held on August 12 and 13 in Burton-on-Trent, is successful, Rosie could be on her way to America next year for the World Cup.

She got onto the radar of the England squad after being head-hunted by their scouts during a national weekend in Nottingham.

“I was ecstatic, and just couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I am now the only girl who has been picked for this year’s squad.”

“Without the new chair I wouldn’t have got the call-up,” she said. “It is only that I now have the skill and the equipment that I am able to fulfil my dreams.

At present America are the holders of the World Cup but England are second, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to take it from them. Best of luck Rosie, we will be looking out for some great results!

East Coast Mobility supply new and used powerchairs, and all other mobility aids to make your life better, give us a call on 01502 514500 to speak to one of our friendly team.

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Help raise £2,500 to give Rachel her life back – East Coast Mobility

Rachel Stokes, 26, has always had a great passion for the countryside and enjoying an active lifestyle.

But now a combination of serious illnesses has take all of that away from her.

She needs to raise £2,500 by March 17 to buy a recumbent trike which will enable her to enjoy cycling again, get out into the countryside and build up muscle mass to greatly improve her quality of life.

Miss Stokes’ condition left her completely bed bound for periods of six months and three months, two years ago.

She now uses an electric wheelchair, splints and crutches to be as independent as possible, but finds her wheelchair only allows her go to built up areas like towns and cities.

Miss Stokes said: “I love the countryside and I am surrounded by it, but I can’t access it. I can only really go to Norwich and Dereham.

“The countryside is where I feel at home. I’ve never liked being indoors.”

Miss Stokes, who lives on Elm Street, suffers from rare conditions called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type III (EDS) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) as well as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Reynaud’s Syndrome and ADHD.

These cause parts of her body to be too stretchy and weak and she has frequent dislocations. She suffers pain in mildly cold weather and endures exhaustion and dizziness.

Simply standing up can cause her heart rate to go from 148 to 200 beats per minute.

There is no cure for Miss Stokes’ conditions, but ways of managing them and building up muscle mass is key to this.

She said: “Because I struggle to stand up a lot of the time, it is really difficult to strengthen my muscles.

“This tricycle is designed in a way where I will be able to use it comfortably. It will enable me to get out into the countryside again, to go through the physiotherapy that I need to and to enjoy a hobby that I’ve always loved. It will be truly life-changing.”

EDS is a genetic condition which Miss Stokes was born with.

But because EDS is so rare, she was only diagnosed with the condition six months ago.

Her condition become more severe about two years ago.

She said: “I was always in and out of hospital when I was a child but nobody could tell me what was wrong with me. I just thought it was normal illnesses that children have.”

Miss Stokes used to participate in cycling, gymnastics, horse riding and dog agility training.

She used to work at BeWILDerwood adventure park at Hoveton, as a site supervisor, but is currently unable to work.

Miss Stokes said: “With this trike I will be able to improve so much and hope to go back to work and get back on with my life.”

Her ambition is to go to university and take a degree in animal behaviour and welfare.

People can donate by going to crowdfunding.justgiving.com/adapted-tricycle.

Due to the rules of Crowdfunding there is a 30-day deadline to reach the target and Miss Stokes needs to raise the £2,500 by March 17.

Here at East Coast Mobility we aren’t always able to help with donations, but are always pleased to help those needing funding to gain exposure so drop us a line at hello@eastcoastmobility.co.uk

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