Stairlift Angels Initiative, sponsored by Hertfordshire based stairlift and mobility lift company EMS, were joined by local MP Grant Shapps at Welwyn Garden City Golf Club last week to present a child adapted wheelchair to Linda Cudmore, Fundraising Manager at HAD (Hertfordshire Action on Disability). The presentation was the finale to the sixth annual fund raising golf day organised by HAD – a long established Hertfordshire charity which provides equipment and services to older and disabled people.
Reflecting on the day’s events Linda remarked: “Receiving the wheelchair from Stairlift Angels marked the perfect end to a perfect day. Wheelchairs like this are in constant demand from families whose children have disabilities or a temporary mobility problem such as a broken leg. Here to provide a helping hand wherever we can, HAD will always be grateful for support like this.”
Mick Armstrong, director at EMS and one of the founders of the Stairlift Angels Initiative commented: “We have been involved with HAD for several years now and when we were asked to fund this wheelchair we were very pleased to help. HAD does such valuable work within the local community and deserves all the assistance it gets, be that financial or otherwise.”
Jonathan Muir EMS Managing Director added: “EMS has always tried to play its part in the support of charities and voluntary organisations, especially those in the local area like HAD. It was for this reason we were particularly pleased with our Stairlift Angels Initiative launched earlier this year and our pledge to donate a free stairlift every month to those people most in need.”
While kept very busy in his new role as Chairman of the Conservative party, HAD were also fortunate to have the Rt Hon Grant Shapps, MP for Welwyn Hatfield, attend their golf day. Mr Shapps, who has been patron of HAD since 2006 said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to come and present this wheelchair donated by EMS Stairlift Angels to such a deserving charity. HAD is a wonderful organisation who work tirelessly on behalf of local people with disabilities as well as their families, friends and carers. It’s fantastic to see so many people getting behind charities like this to ensure their work continues to provide such valued services.”