GETTING around is something 24-year-old Michael Powell doesn’t take for granted.
Michael, from Portchester, has cerebral palsy and so his moment is restricted.
But earlier this year he received a revolutionary new £13,000 ‘Genie Standing’ wheelchair which has given him greater mobility than he has ever had and even allows him to stand.
A Lions club and a training company have been among the groups helping him to pay off the expensive piece of equipment.
Fareham Lions Club president Christine Asquith said it was a pleasure to help.
Mrs Asquith said: ‘He is such a wonderful person. He is really positive, has a great sense of humour and he is really hard working.’
Michael left school at the age of 16, but then continued his education and has just graduated with a degree in public relations and marketing from Solent University.
The Lions club paid off one £242 installment of the cost of the wheelchair and hope to pay off another one through their Santa’s Sleigh Christmas appeal.
Steve Willis Training Centre paid off another installment after Mrs Asquith went to a graduation ceremony of the centre’s Portchester-based gas and electric apprentices.
She told managing director Steve Willis about Michael and he said the centre would be happy to help.
Steve Willis’s Portchester centre manager Jill Saddington, presented Michael with a cheque.
She said: ‘This wheelchair makes such a difference to him. Without the chair he would be totally restricted in his physicality, and this wheelchair is also therapeutic because it allows him to move into a standing position as well.’
The wheelchair was made by the company EasyRide, which is based near Birmingham.
Ms Saddington said Michael had become a kind of ‘ambassador’ for the company to help other people with cerebral palsy.
Michael and members of the Fareham Lions will be collecting for the wheelchair at Fareham Tesco on Saturday, December 19 from 10am.