Paul Bush Foundation Trust Donates Over £60,000

By Bush & Company

The Paul Bush Foundation Trust has now reviewed it’s first round of applications for 2017 and is delighted to have been able to donate over £60,000 to charitable organisations and individuals affected by acquired physical disabilities.

Five individuals benefited from the funds including Bridget Leadbeater, who became a tetraplegic C6/7 after suffering a spinal cord injury in a diving accident 22 years ago. Bridget received a grant of nearly £6,000 to purchase a Batec Quad Rapid, an electric power attachment for wheelchairs that lets the user travel faster and enjoy more freedom, providing Bridget with better independence outside of her home.

Another beneficiary was Sophie Robertson, a 21 year old from Hucknall who received funds to go on a well needed family holiday with her Mum, Lesley. Sophie suffered a brain injury after being hit by a bus three years ago. As a result of the incident, Sophie now suffers from epilepsy and has severe learning disabilities.

Organisations can also apply for funding if their sole objective is to support those with acquired physical disabilities.

Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research received a donation of £5,000 to progress its research into improving pain control for individuals living with spinal cord injuries. The vital funds will enable the charity to better utilise their time and expertise of physiotherapists and clinical staff at the National Spinal Injuries Centre and appoint a PHD student who will dedicate their time to the research project.

Local to the Trust in Northamptonshire, Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT) is a volunteer car scheme which enables people with limited mobility to access vital services within the local area. A grant for £4,000 will be used to fund the charity’s staffing costs and provide the popular community initiative with a much needed boost in resources to meet the demand for assisted transport in the Daventry District.

Disability Sports Organisation, Cerebral Palsy Sport received £10,000 to help deliver community based courses for their Table Cricket club. The sport is accessible for the young and old, teaching basic rules of cricket but on a table top. It is played in schools, residential care home and day centres across the country.  The funds will also help implement 4 regional Disability Participation Hubs, establish the Table Cricket community league in England and resource the National Table Cricket Finals including volunteer recruitment.

Helen Jackson, Managing Director at Bush & Company, said “We are delighted to be able to provide much needed funds to support a variety of worthy causes that enhance the lives of those with a disability, from individual donations that support a person’s specific needs to boosting funds for research into pain management and rehabilitation. Thank you to those who support our fund raising activities throughout the year, enabling us to reach so many people.”

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