For young people with physical disabilities who attend a youth club in Walsall run by Walsall Healthcare’s Transitional Team, the world is now quite literally their oyster thanks to a donation from Enoch Evans Solicitors LLP which will be used to buy Virtual Reality headsets.
The club, which meets at MySpace in Walsall, was set up for those transitioning from children’s services to adult services and as well as providing activities also gives young people an opportunity to make new friends and socialise.
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust teamed up with Enoch Evans Solicitors LLP to stage make A Will Fortnight in September with proceeds being donated to the Trust’s Well Wishers charity.
Partner and Head of Wills, Tax and Probate at Enoch Evans LLP, Richard Neea, handed over a cheque for £1,320 and, after hearing about the youth club, asked for the money to spent there.
Chris Berns, Clinical Support Worker, said: “This is fantastic news – our youth club will be buzzing! We just haven’t got any funds to buy these ourselves so Well Wishers was the only way we could think of to try and raise money. We’re really grateful to Enoch Evans.”
One of the youth club attendees is David, aged 22, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
He said: If we had VR headsets people like me could feel like they were getting out and about but without all the plans and arrangements you normally have to put in place.
“I like going to concerts and I like camping but I don’t have mobility because I have muscle tightness and use a wheelchair. This makes it a lot to think of every time I go anywhere. It’s good to think you can use your imagination and be anywhere you like. I could experience walking along a beach or something.”
Georgie Westley, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Fundraising Manager, added: “Enoch Evans are big supporters of Well Wishers and this latest donation will quite clearly make a huge difference to the youth club. “