Keen cyclist and runner, Daniel Salter, is an enthusiastic supporter of The J’s Hospice. The charity supports young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families across Essex, in the comfort of their own homes. He works as a Product Consultant for TGA Mobility based in Sudbury which provides quality and reliable mobility scooters, wheelchairs and powerpacks across the UK.
Daniel, aged 30 from Sudbury, previously completed The J’s Hospice 2016 Chelmsford Marathon so that his employer would donate a lightweight and ergonomic StrongBack wheelchair to the charity. When he delivered the wheelchair to The J’s office in Great Baddow, he met members of the charity’s healthcare team and a patient, Alice, who inspired him to support The J’s again on the recent ‘Pedal for The J’s’ 80km / 50 mile charity bike ride.
This time, TGA kindly agreed to donate a motorized unit and wheel known as a ‘TGA Powerpack Solo’ to the charity. When fitted to the StrongBack wheelchair, the Powerpack ensures carers can easily push it without straining thanks to powered propulsion. Wheelchair users and carers can enjoy more relaxing times together especially when outside as kerbs, slopes and uneven ground are easier to tackle.
Daniel trained hard before Pedal for The J’s with the aim of completing the course in a personal best time of 2 hours 30 minutes. On the day, he was feeling very determined and for 30 kilometres he was on target to beat this time - then his ride came to a dramatic end when he experienced a burst inner tube and ripped tyre.
Fortunately, Daniel was unhurt and able to stop safely at a checkpoint but his bike could not be repaired at that point. His charity ride was over and the helpful marshals called a recovery vehicle to take him to the finish.
A disappointed Daniel said: “When my tyre blew I was absolutely gutted. I had trained so hard to beat my PB and was 100% focused on completing the 80km so The J’s Hospice would receive the TGA Wheelchair Powerpack. I never imagined a tyre could fail as it did and when I saw it I instantly knew my challenge was over.”
Happily for Daniel and The J’s Hospice, the management team at TGA kindly decided to donate the Powerpack anyway. A delighted Daniel added: “I am so happy that my employer TGA has still honoured the Powerpack donation to the charity as I know it will make a huge difference, both to disabled patients and carers. The previously donated StrongBack wheelchair has already proven really useful – together these products will provide strain-free mobility indoors and out.”
Daniel returned to The J’s Hospice to drop off the Powerpack and was really pleased to meet Alice again. She has been using the donated wheelchair and her J’s Healthcare Assistant Gina Wentworth said: “I’ve found the TGA StrongBack wheelchair lighter to lift into the car than other wheelchairs and easy to unfold. Alice likes it because it’s comfy to sit in.”
The J’s Hospice healthcare team are very grateful to Daniel and TGA Mobility. Caroline Hare, Senior Nurse at The J’s Hospice, added: “Thank you to Daniel for heroically taking on another challenge for The J’s and to TGA for the generous donation of the Powerpack to go with the fantastic wheelchair they gave us last year. We really appreciate your ongoing support.”
Anyone thinking of taking on a sporting challenge like Daniel can sign up now for The J’s Hospice 2017 Chelmsford Marathon or Chelmsford 5K which are both on Sunday 22nd October. Please visit www.chelmsfordmarathon.org.uk for more information.