Michael Hyde is a much valued volunteer for Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire. Here is Michael’s story about how a local charity helped him to turn his idea into reality.
“I have been sitting or lying down for over 12 years and I wanted to be able to be upright. I am a double leg amputee; my posture and diaphragm were becoming
folded and uncomfortable, especially when eating, so I thought standing would help. After talking to Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire about my thoughts I was signposted to Remap. I contacted the organisation and Martin, one of their engineers, visited me and listened to my idea. He said he would be able to make my idea a reality. A few weeks later Martin returned with a custom made piece of equipment. After a bit of tweaking it worked, making me able to stand upright on my bed. I am sure the equipment will eventually help improve my posture. It really is a nice feeling to be able to stand. ”
Remap is a national charity that works through local groups of skilled volunteers. They help disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life by designing and making equipment for their individual needs.