Being confined to his powered wheelchair with spinal muscular atrophy, going out in chilly weather is a major problem for Ben Morris from Middleleaze.
His independence relies on being able to control the chair with a joystick using his left thumb, which limits his freedom to go out in the cold if he loses his sense of touch.
After trying ordinary gloves and mittens which were either difficult to put on or were too thick to allow him to control the wheelchair, Ben’s parents Doug and Sandra asked Swindon clothing adaptation charity Dressability if they could work out a solution.
After careful measurements Dressability tailor Sian Barrie came up with a mitten made of light weight yet warm fleece material, with a zip on the top so that Ben’s hands can easily slip into them, complete with a rubber pad on the left thumb to improve Ben’s contact with wheelchair joystick.
“Going out in the cold was really uncomfortable because I couldn’t feel a thing, but the gloves work brilliantly,” said Ben.
“Dressability has really given me the chance to keep my independence.”
The gloves were shown off on Blue Peter in early November in the run up to Children In Need and Ben recorded a sound bite about how Dressability had helped him for the Chris Evans Radio 2 breakfast show.
The charity received an £8,000 Children in Need grant to adapt 50 garments for children with disabilities by the end of the summer.
Ben Morris showing off his purple gloves to match his wheelchair.
Volunteer tailors and dressmakers are needed to help them achieve the target, as well as assist with adapting clothing for adults.
For details call Sharon Tombs at Dressability on 01793 512878.