Answering the SOS
A stairlift has been part of a DIY SOS in honour of a policeman injured in the Westminster Bridge terror attacks.
Stairlifts are for anyone who struggles with mobility. And mobility struggles can strike at any age. That was the case for Kris Aves, a brave police officer who was returning from a commendation ceremony in London when he was caught in the terror attack on Westminster Bridge back in March 2017.
As Essex Live reports: after being rammed by the silver Hyundai used by the attacker, “Kris spent eight days unconscious and woke to discover he had broken his legs, had sustained several head injuries, suffered a lacerated elbow, a damaged left shoulder, sternum and a damaged spinal cord.”
He couldn’t return home, because Kris needed many adjustments to his house to ensure he could live safely and with freedom, so he remained hospitalised until friends asked the BBC’s DIY SOS for help.
Amongst the measures installed were a new stairlift to ensure Kris could use both floors of his house. You may have seen the emotional result on TV recently.
Stairlifts for everyone
Thankfully, the numbers of people injured in terrorist attacks are vanishingly small, but the number of people unexpectedly facing life changing mobility issues is far more significant.
Through road accidents, acute illness or long term degenerative conditions, you don’t have to be of advancing years to find yourself needing a stairlift.
Often, however, we find that when younger people find themselves struggling to get around, the idea off a stairlift simply doesn’t occur to them or their relatives for some time. So good has the industry been at defining stairlifts as something for the elderly that younger people who could benefit just as much (if not more) end up struggling on or going without until someone close to them says: “Hey, why haven’t we thought about…?”
So, to take a leaf out of Nick Knowles’ book, if you know someone who could benefit from a stairlift, why not help put them on the right track? Call us on 0800 542 6045.