Housebound Topsham mum Fran makes impassioned plea for new 'lifeline' chair

PUBLISHED: 09:47 22 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:47 22 May 2015

Fran Rose with her daughter Lucy in her previous electric wheelchair

Fran Rose with her daughter Lucy in her previous electric wheelchair


A housebound Topsham woman, whose electric wheelchair broke down, is looking for a replacement to allow her to get out and about again.

Fran Rose, 36, of Hamilton Road, has lived with juvenile fibromyalgia syndrome since she was born - a chronic condition affecting the body’s muscles and soft tissue.

Last month, Fran became housebound after her chair broke down.

Unable to afford the £1,000 repair fee, she is appealing for a loan chair until she gets a new one.

Fran said: “That chair was my lifeline - I forgot how much I rely on it.

Fran, who has a carer to help her at home, now relies on her 11-year -old daughter, Lucy, to push her down to the bus stop if she wants to go into Exeter.

“The chair just stopped working and wouldn’t move,” she said.

Fran was shopping in Exeter when the chair broke down.

She added: “I think the week before we had been in Birmingham - I cannot imagine what would have happened if it broke down there.”

In the last eight years, Fran has used an electric chair to get out of the house to do shopping as well as attend art classes twice-a-week.

Fran has been told that it would cost around £1,000 to repair the corroded circuit boards in her chair with second hand parts.

She is on the list for a new wheelchair from the NHS, but believes that she could end up waiting until the end of the summer for it to arrive.

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