Family donates wheelchairs to Huntington’s sufferers

Alan and Sandra Roberts with Claire Thomas, one of the home's residents.
Alan and Sandra Roberts with Claire Thomas, one of the home's residents.

A family from Scholes have donated wheelchairs to the nursing home where their 36-year-old son is cared for, after holding a number of fundraising events.

Daniel Roberts, who lives at Staveley Birkleas home in Nab Wood, Shipley, was diagnosed with Huntington’s – a hereditary neurological disorder of the central nervous system – in 2005.

His parents, Alan and Sandra Roberts, and his sister and brother-in-law Viki and Chris Harper, organised several events in Scholes to raise awareness of the incurable disease and to raise money to support Huntington sufferers.

As well as wheelchairs, the family have also donated reading stands and drinks beakers to the care home.

Alan said that Daniel had just completed basic training with the Army when he showed signs of clumsiness and impaired speech.

“We were devastated with the diagnosis and have worked very hard to support Daniel at every stage,” he said.

“We decided we would like to raise awareness of the disease and also raise money to support people with Huntington’s.

“Staveley Birkleas is already extremely well-equipped but we were keen that our fundraising would directly benefit Daniel and his friends who live there.”

The home’s general manager Allyson Butler said they were extremely grateful for the help and support.

“Daniel’s family are incredibly involved in his care and have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of Huntington’s which is an incurable degenerative condition,” she said. “The wheelchairs are in constant use and our residents find the reading stands incredibly useful for their books and iPads.”