CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR PRINCES RISBOROUGH FAMILY THANKS TO EMS WITH SUPPORT FROM MP

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR PRINCES RISBOROUGH FAMILY THANKS TO EMS WITH SUPPORT FROM MP

Back from to left to right: daughter, Shannon Dean, Julie Dean and Rt Hon John Bercow MP. Front: husband, David Dean

Christmas is a special time for many of us but for Julie Dean and family from Longwick this year’s will be a particularly happy and memorable one. Having been refused funding from their local council and giving up all hope of ever affording a much needed stairlift, Hertfordshire based company EMS Stairlifts came to their aid providing one completely free of charge as part of their STAIRLIFT ANGELS INITIATIVE.

45 year old Julie Dean, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a progressive disease affecting the central nervous system, thirteen years ago, and husband David were told they did not qualify for a Disabled Funding Grant. As a consequence, up until now Julie has been restricted to the downstairs of their home, sleeping in the living room and unable to use their purpose-built wet room upstairs.

However all that was to change following a chance encounter with EMS Stairlift salesman Phil Charnock at the Mobility Roadshow in Peterborough during the summer. On hearing about their situation Phil encouraged them to apply to the STAIRLIFT ANGELS INITIATIVE and just a few months later their nomination was accepted with a state-of-the-art Otolift TWO stairlift installed soon after.

Despite her condition Julie leads a very busy life within her local community, as well as listening to young people read at the local primary school and scouting, she has been particularly involved with the Chilterns MS Therapy Centre in Halton. Julie who has been a member of the Centre since 1999 and a trustee since June 2011 providing help with important fundraising activities cannot speak highly enough of the support it provides to fellow MS sufferers and their families. Julie commented: “The Chilterns MS Centre is an absolute lifeline for people like myself; as well as provide wonderful facilities and treatments to help deal with the condition it is the perfect place for friends, families and carers to meet and talk about their issues and concerns.”

When EMS Stairlifts received Julie’s application, they had absolutely no hesitation in making the award, saying: “It’s precisely for individuals like Julie that the STAIRLIFT ANGELS INITIATIVE is intended. She is a truly remarkable lady who has given much of her time to the Chilterns MS Therapy Centre these past thirteen years. It is only right that she is given something back in her own particular hour of need.”

Mick Armstrong and Jonathan Muir EMS Lifts Directors formally presented Julie with her stairlift together with local MP and Speaker of the House of Commons the Rt Hon John Bercow MP. An equally delighted Mr Bercow who wholeheartedly endorsed this philanthropic gesture by EMS remarked: “It is reassuring to know there are still companies out there who, despite the pressures of the current financial climate, are prepared to go out of their way and donate generous gifts like this to such well deserving families. This stairlift will literally transform Julie’s life. What better start to Christmas could she and her family have hoped for?”

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EMS STAIRLIFTS CHIPS IN FOR NEW WHEELCHAIR AT H.A.D WELWYN CHARITY GOLF DAY, ATTENDED BY GRANT SHAPPS MP

Picture caption: EMS Stairlifts present their donated child adapted wheelchair to the Herfordshire charity HAD at Welwyn Garden City Golf Club following the HAD fundraising event at the course on Friday 21 September 2012.  Pictured from left to right: Linda Cudmore (HAD Fundraising Manager), Mick Armstrong, (EMS Operations Director), Jonathan Muir (EMS Managing Director) shaking hands with Chairman of the Conservative party, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP,  Annabel Waterfield (HAD Chief Executive) and David Cox (HAD Trustee).

Picture caption: EMS Stairlifts present their donated child adapted wheelchair to the Herfordshire charity HAD at Welwyn Garden City Golf Club following the HAD fundraising event at the course on Friday 21 September 2012.
Pictured from left to right: Linda Cudmore (HAD Fundraising Manager), Mick Armstrong, (EMS Operations Director), Jonathan Muir (EMS Managing Director) shaking hands with Chairman of the Conservative party, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Annabel Waterfield (HAD Chief Executive) and David Cox (HAD Trustee).

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.”

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Bedford family prayers answered by EMS Stairlift Angels charitable initiative

From left to right: Alistair Burt MP, Ian Coster and Jane Coster

From left to right: Alistair Burt MP, Ian Coster and Jane Coster

Just when the Coster family from Cotton End, Bedford were beginning to give up hope of qualifying for a disabled facilities grant to fund a stairlift for their home; someone from their local church suggested they contact Hertfordshire based company EMS and apply for one completely free of charge as part of the STAIRLIFT ANGELS INITIATIVE.

58 year old Jane Coster who has a progressive condition which severely restricts her mobility and husband Ian had been told they were not eligible for a stairlift from the local authority and that instead they should seek a grant to build a downstairs bedroom and bathroom.

Understandably Jane, Ian and their three grown up daughters Becky, Rachel and Jen were very upset by this news, as Ian comments: “The prospect of having to wait several months for funding approval and planning permission then longer still to actually build an extension was devastating. Not least as largely dependent on myself, our daughters and the daily carers to get her up and downstairs my wife would have been left to struggle on in unnecessary discomfort for a long while to come. So imagine our relief when we discovered the STAIRLIFT ANGELS INITIATIVE; it seemed to us that our prayers had quite literally been answered.”

Once the Coster’s application had been accepted, the whole process to order, manufacture and install their ThyssenKrupp Access stairlift took less than five weeks. EMS Stairlifts Director, Mick Armstrong remarks: “It’s for exactly families like the Costers that the STAIRLIFT ANGELS INITIATIVE was intended. Jane has been a dedicated member of Cotton End Baptist Church for many years. She worked tirelessly on behalf of the children and young people in the area, running youth clubs, holiday camps, Sunday schools and many more activities besides. Having put so much into her local community it seems only right to give something back in her own particular time of need.”

Joining Mick Armstrong and fellow company director Thomas Sergeant at the Coster’s home last Friday to formally present Jane with her stairlift was her MP, Alistair Burt. Mr Burt who knew of the family through their involvement with a local charity, wholeheartedly endorsed this philanthropic gesture by EMS saying: “I am delighted to know there are companies who, despite the pressures of the current financial climate, are prepared to go out of their way and make a generous award like this to such a well deserving family.”

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