Disabled woman holding a cake sale to pay for her own shower
A WOMAN with a prosthetic leg is holding a cake sale to help pay for a walk-in shower in her house – after being refused financial help.
Claire Butler, 43, works full-time assessing the needs of disabled people but has been unable to get a contribution towards the work she needs.
Mrs Butler, of Midland Avenue, Stapleford, said climbing in and out of her bath is becoming painful and needs the use of an adaptive shower.
She works for the Occupational Therapy Service, assessing people for equipment such as stair lifts and grab rails. However, she said she is unable to afford the £5,000 work.
She said she had applied for a disabled facilities grant through Broxtowe Borough Council but was told she would not be able to get a contribution towards the cost.
She said: “They don’t assess other things like your mortgage, your financial costs, it’s purely income. At the end of the month I haven’t got enough left, it would take me three years of saving to have a new bathroom.
“It’s quite frustrating. I can work, I am able to work, but I feel I am being penalised for having something I need.”
Mrs Butler was born with spina bifida, a fault in the development of the spine and spinal cord which leaves a gap in the spine.
When she was 13 years old she had an eight-hour operation to straighten it, then two months later she had her left leg amputated above the knee.
Following a suggestion from her colleagues, a fundraising event will be held to help pay for the shower. It will be at St Helen’s Church Hall, Frederick Road, Stapleford, from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, December 6, and will feature refreshments, homemade cakes, handmade jewellery, tombola, raffle and a three-course-meal.
Stapleford Community Group is supporting it. Chairman Richard MacRae said: “She shouldn’t have to pay at all, she does so much to help people in the same situation and she needs help herself.
“To find you’re in a position where you can’t help yourself is quite sad.”
David Gell, head of public protection for the council, said: “All disabled facilities grant applicants are required to undertake a mandatory test of resource which is imposed by Government legislation.
“This same test is applied to all applicants and ensures an unbiased distribution of funding. The test establishes the level of contribution from the applicant towards the cost of the works and each case is dealt with individually.”