Charity Funding Boost Gives Reece His Independence

Gym lover, 18 year old, Reece Matheson, was surprised when a chance meeting at Cascades Leisure Centre in Gravesend led to a local charity making up the £1,650 funding shortfall to provide a bespoke wheelchair at a cost of £3,850.

A new bespoke wheelchair would give Reece, who has cerebral palsy, a better posture; make him more mobile; more comfortable and allow him to engage with fitness and sport.

Reduced funding from the NHS meant Reece had to raise over £3,000. A fundraising page was set up and achieved £1,400 in 6 weeks, still leaving a shortfall of £1,650.

Lisa Hankinson, Marketing Manager at Cascades Leisure Centre in Gravesend spoke about Reece’s enthusiasm, attendance at the gym and his plight to raise funds. By chance, a member of the Red Eagle Foundation’s team was in the meeting and immediately put Lisa in touch with the charity, who came up with the shortfall in funding.

Reece’s mum, Terrijayne said, “We are over the moon. The independence this gives Reece cannot be measured, we are so grateful to the Foundation; to Cascades, who facilitate and encourage people with impaired mobility; and all the people who contributed to our fundraising to make this possible.”

The Red Eagle Foundation established last year helps children in Kent with mobility, mental health and learning difficulties.