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Power Pleas Day Two

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12:40 15th April 2014

Origins of the charity

POWER PLEAS are to enjoy the benefits of Tettenhall Rotary Club's 20thpre-match Wolves collection before Friday’s game with Rotherham (3pm).

In day two of a reminder of what the charity is all about in terms of providing wheelchairs for local youngsters, we look back at how it was founded.

Wolves fan Darren Langston, who received the first ever wheelchair as a result of the generosity of Wolves’ supporters, visited yesterday’s open training session to meet the players, pictured.

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POWER PLEAS was formed in 1987 after Paediatricians, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, teachers from Penn Hall and Colton Hills School, and parents of children with physical disabilities wanted to address the needs of wheelchair users with their outdoor mobility.

Electrically- powered wheelchairs that could climb kerbs, travel faster and further were on the market but not available on the NHS and outside the financial reach of most parents.  State provision at that time was limited to indoor wheelchairs.

POWER PLEAS was formed to raise funds and buy such wheelchairs and in the early years priority was given to children with life-limiting conditions such as Muscular Dystrophy.

In its first year the charity managed to provide six children with wheelchairs at an average cost of £2,000 each.  It was a race against time and none of the first recipients are alive today.  Boosted by local support  from Rotary Clubs, Round Tables, Churches, Schools and other voluntary organisations the Charity soon secured large grants from Children in Need and similar charities. 

The Charity is managed by a representative group of people similar to the group that met in 1987. Three members, Dr Deepak Kalra, David Parry and Keith Berry continue to work on the Trust but there has been a succession of physiotherapists , occupation therapists and parents providing the balance for the decision making.

During its 26 year history there have only been two publicity leaflets produced by the charity, the first donated by the Express and Star.  There are no paid officials and so governance costs are minute as officers donate postage as part of their commitment.

*POWER PLEAS collectors will be out and about before Friday's game at Molineux and supporters are asked to give generously if possible.

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