"Now, people see a girl in a wheelchair - not a wheelchair on a girl."

In 2010, Jane was travelling to work when the car she was in was hit by a lorry. Eight people were involved in the accident and Jane was the only survivor. She was left paralysed from the middle of her back down.

Jane spent a year in hospital where she had eight screws put in her back. She kept hoping she would fully recover, and it wasn’t until she was discharged that she realised she would never walk again. She bought a wheelchair when she left the hospital but it was far too big for her and, without training, it was very difficult to use.

“It was uncomfortable and had no cushion,” Jane told us. “It gave me backache, pressure sores and breathing problems.”

Unable to keep herself healthy and mobile, Jane spent her days in bed and quickly developed depression.

But when Jane met Motivation, her life was completely transformed. She received an appropriate wheelchair and cushion, and was taught the importance of correct posture.

They really gave me positive encouragement, and I felt that I was not alone.

She then attended a peer training course, where other wheelchair users gave her the knowledge and skills she needed to be healthy, mobile and independent.

“Before Motivation, I did not have mobility skills. Now I can transfer myself from my wheelchair on to the bed and toilet.

They taught me how to control my bladder and bowel, making it easier to go out and see people. It has given me self-esteem because I am not worried about having an accident. I have also learnt about skincare because of my pressure sores. The training taught me to be self-reliant.”

What’s more, Jane learnt about her rights as a disabled person.

“At first, I did not realise my employment rights. When I had my accident, I was working as a manager for a tea company. My work was in the field with lots of moving around, and I could not go back to that. They ended my employment and did not try to find me another job. 

But Motivation has given me the confidence to find other work. I have also decided to volunteer because the training gave me the knowledge to advocate for employment rights and appropriate wheelchairs.”

After the training, Jane moved out of her parents’ house into her own flat where she could live independently. Now, she is concentrating on her future.

“At training, I saw other people in wheelchairs who were married with a family! Before, I thought I could not have a relationship but now, I know it is my right to have a relationship and it is my right to work.”

Now, people see a girl in a wheelchair – not a wheelchair on a girl.

Jane dreams of becoming a politician one day, so she can fight for disabled rights. In the meantime, she has been visiting schools to raise awareness of disability and urge them to build ramps and appropriate toilets.

“I hope to have more help so I can do more of this work, and I would like to turn this volunteer work into employment. I have a passion for helping people with disabilities now, because of the Motivation peer training.”

There are just a few days left to support our Ready, Willing and Able appeal.

Through Ready, Willing and Able, you can empower disabled people like Jane to fight for

their rights by providing them with knowledge and skills. You can help them build their confidence, become independent, and live active, fulfilled lives.

By donating today, you can help disabled people unlock their potential and work their way out of poverty. Give before 3rd March 2018 and your gift will be matched, pound for pound, by the UK Government.

 


Appeal update

Our Ready, Willing and Able appeal finished on the 3rd March 2018 and raised over £240,000. This funding will be doubled by the UK Government.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated, making this appeal an incredible success.

You can still make a donation to Motivation. Your gift will be spent wherever it will have the greatest impact across our projects.