Stairlift donation transforms life of woman with mobility needs
As part of its continued partnership with Marie Curie, Acorn Stairlifts has donated a stairlift to a woman with restricted mobility to allow her to get up and down the stairs with ease.
Emily Binks, 72, who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2002, has struggled getting up and down the stairs in her home after an unsuccessful knee replacement. This has made her day-to-day life challenging and she would only use the stairs to get to the bathroom and bedroom as an absolute necessity, with aid from her husband, Michael.
The Marie Curie Hospice recommended to Emily to have a stairlift installed, which would allow her to get up and down the stairs trouble-free and give her independence.
Emily told Bdaily: “Before the stairlift was fitted, I had to face unendurable pain to climb the stairs on all fours and then take one step at a time to get down.
“My worried husband would have the exhausting task of helping me up the stairs before he left the house – meaning we always had to plan and think ahead. It was so restricting and took away much of our freedom.”
Acorn installs up to 60 stairlifts a year for free across the country as part of its collaboration with Marie Curie, who it has partnered with for more than two years.
After hearing about Emily’s troubling situation, Acorn agreed to install a stairlift in her home, which was fitted two weeks after initial contact.
“I have no fear going up the stairs now,” Emily continued. “It’s completely changed our lives; any worries of falling have been lifted and I have no restrictions on when I can go upstairs.”
Hannah Harding, Senior Corporate Account Manager at Marie Curie, commented: “We’re thrilled to see what a difference our partnership with Acorn Stairlifts has made for people like Emily.
“It is so rewarding to see the relief stairlifts provide for their loved ones too and we’re passionate about changing more lives as the partnership with Acorn Stairlifts continues.”
Nick Wilson, Operations Director for Acorn Stairlifts, concluded: “Stories like Emily’s are the exact reason we partnered with Marie Curie. We aim to change lives by installing 60 stairlifts a year for Marie Curie patients, which are to be installed before they return from hospital.”