Honiton Lions Club met up with Lizzie Ferrari from Honiton who has been given a chair hoist to enable her to get in and out of her car and give her more freedom. Pictured with Lizzie are Lions members Ed Pescud, Ron Webb and Barry Warner joined by occupational therapist Lesley Hartland and Paula Land from Every's and operates the All Hallows Charity group. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 1410-36-13AW
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Honiton and District Lions Club help fund a personal lift for cerebral palsy sufferer Lizzie Ferrari.
A Honiton woman has received a life-changing gift to help her get out and about.
Lizzie Ferrari suffers with cerebral palsy and was struggling to get in and out of the car in her wheelchair until she recieved a special personal lift after approaching Honiton and District Lions Club for help.
A spokesman for Honiton Lions said: “The Honiton Lions wanted to help, as up to now Lizzie’s carers were unable to lift her in and out of a car, and her family had increasing problems with their backs and knees, so Lizzie was often stranded at home.
“The personal lift will allow the family and carers to lift Lizzie into the car giving her far more opportunities for days out and picnics.”
However, this was not a ‘straight forward funding case’ says Ron Web, the welfare chairman for the Lions Club.
Paula Land of Everys Solicitors, who administer the Allhallows Charity, also agreed to approach its trustees to assist with this project.
As everything started to come together Honiton and District Lions Club were then able to work with the family in getting the equipment ordered and installed for Lizzie.
The spokesman added: “All the work is now completed allowing Lizzie to travel with her family and carers. And as you can imagine Lizzie is delighted with it and couldn’t wait for her carers to take her for a day out at Branscombe, and for a birthday treat in Bristol.”
Lizzie’s family say having the new equipment is a ‘weight off their minds’.
They said: “We cannot thank the Honiton and District Lions Club enough for all the work they have done in making this happen - the community can be a wonderful thing.”