Hannah is a Motability Scheme customer and heard about the Scheme through a friend.
“Before I joined Motability I could only travel by blue light ambulance to and from hospitals, as travelling was extremely uncomfortable and painful.”
Hannah was fit and well until she injured her ankle while playing netball.
“I had internal damage and developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and then other secondary complications. My mobility deteriorated and I was admitted to hospital. I spent most of the next 4 years in hospital and 18 months in a neurological unit. I have been home more permanently since I was 21, with only occasional admissions to hospital. I am a powerchair user. I try to live a fulfilling life, to the best of my ability. “
Hannah currently leases a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) on the Motability Scheme and received a grant for the Advance Payment.
“I am very tall and have a large, specialist powerchair so I cannot fit into many WAVs. I have a lot of pain and bumps and vibrations make it worse, but my WAV has excellent suspension which makes travelling more comfortable and manageable.”
“In my vehicle two people can sit next to me – one on either side to support me. I am not in the boot or over the back wheels. I am in the family hub which is really important to me.”
Hannah also writes her own blog – Hannah’s Hope - hannahdeakin.blogspot.com – which is about disability, illness and her own experiences.
“I want to help others, raise awareness and make a difference, especially for the disabled community. I fundraise for charity by making and selling my own handmade cards for Starlight Children's Foundation, a charity close to my heart and who granted my wish of a family holiday. I have recently participated in the Superhero Tri, raising money for White Lodge, a charity I am also an ambassador for. I have just graduated from AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting, which I studied part time at college.”
“Motability has changed my and my family’s lives and helped me to get out in the world after many years in hospital. It is a lifeline. Without my WAV I wouldn’t be able to get out, go to specialist hospital appointments, physiotherapy or hydrotherapy appointments, swimming club, meet friends, go to college, shopping or anywhere really. Having a Motability Scheme vehicle has made the world of difference.”