2011 – 2012 PORT-ER GRANTS, AWARD TO PORT-ER, RUNNING COACHING CLASS AND ONE LIFE – LIVE IT EXHIBITION

PORT-ER UK grant: £1,200 was awarded to amputee runner, Colin Edwards to take time out of work for the South West Coastal Path Challenge. He completed a 630 mile challenge run and slashed days off his target finish date. Colin set out on 1st May 2011 and finished clocking up his challenge miles on 18 June 2011. He proved to be a great inspiration to many people and significantly raised awareness of our work. PORT-ER also covered expenses of £2,069.16 in support of the challenge. Colin, in turn, raised much more than the challenge costs for PORT-ER to support us in our work.

PORT-ER International grant: £1,959 was awarded to The Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technology (TATCOT) to provide mobility devices for local people with disabilities. This was in response to a grant application. The assessment, design, fabrication, fitting and delivery of all the assistive devices were done by TATCOT Students under close supervision of Clinical/Practical Instructors. TATCOT reported that the project has enabled children and middle-aged adult in acquiring assistive devices otherwise not available to them. The project also enlightened and motivated the school authority to visit schools and other community based centres which are supporting people with physical disabilities and establish collaboration for students’ community based training.

PORT-ER UK grant: £1,500 was awarded to the Luton Limb Fitting Centre User Group’s Step Up project in response to a grant application. The Luton Centre developed a piece of land to have different walking surfaces, steps and cambers to help new amputees do outdoor walking training as part of their rehabilitation.

AWARD TO PORT-ER: £2,000 was received following an application from PORT-ER to Exeter City council. This, along with significant sponsorship from companies, enabled us to deliver our first One Life Live It! Lifestyle Exhibition at Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol in September 2011. PORT-ER’s first exhibition brought together exhibitors, volunteers and visitors to showcase services, products, experiences and innovations that illustrated the many lifestyle choices for people with physical disabilities. The event provided a fabulous networking forum for 150 people and the combination of local and national exhibitors provided a rich source of displays, information and advice.

EXHIBITION on 11.11.2011: CEO, Diana Corrick represented PORT-ER at the Sporting Prosthetics Conference at Hampden National Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland.

PORT-ER’s ONE LIFE – LIVE IT EXHIBITION. 9 September 2011: Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, England, UK. PORT-ER’s 2011 exhibition brought together exhibitors, volunteers and visitors to showcase services, products, experiences and innovations that illustrated different lifestyle choices for people with physical disabilities. The event provided a fabulous networking forum for 150 people and the combination of local and national exhibitors provided a rich source of displays, information and advice. This exhibition show was for people with mobility challenges and their carers and was a showcase for modern, innovative product designs and services. Our focus was on lifestyle – fashion, sports, gadgets, health & beauty, transport, holidays, leisure, legal & financial services, medical devices and employment.

PORT-ER RUNNING COACHING CLASS. 8 September 2011. Filmed with Channel 5 (see below).

PORT-ER ON TV! November 2011 Channel 5’s Celebrity Wish List surprising PORT-ER at One Life Live It! Exhibition