Ben – Sports Wheelchair
Ben, 12, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a condition that leads to progressive muscle degeneration. At the age of 10, Ben became a permanent wheelchair user having lost the ability to stand or walk. His condition has affected his social life as it makes it difficult from him to mix with other children.
In order to keep active, Ben was introduced to wheelchair football, which he found he had a natural talent for, and he now pays for a powerchair football club. However, until now he’s had to borrow one of the clubs spare sports chairs to play the game he loves. Unfortunately, because it’s not been made to Ben’s personal specifications it restricts his mobility on court.
Ben, an Everton fan, enjoys most sports and has recently won gold medals for table tennis and the obstacle course at a Sports Day held at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, in Buckinghamshire.
“Ben has a good attitude to life,” said Maria, Ben’s Mother. “He wakes up with a smile on his face every morning and he loves playing in the football team.”
“It’s enhanced his social life, as he’s made lots of new friends, and the new sports chair has helped him to remain positive.”
“He now has much more mobility on the court, and he is quicker during the game, and together with his determination to succeed he’s now dreaming of getting to the top in the sport and playing for his country.”