Life-changing hoist for boy with rare condition

Brandon Robinson at home in Buckingham
Brandon Robinson at home in Buckingham

A 14-year-old boy with a rare condition has been given a new lease of life thanks to a portable hoist.

Brandon Robinson, who lives in Buckingham with his grandparents, has the degenerative condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy so relies on a wheelchair to get around.

Although he has the equipment at home to go to the toilet, day trips would have to be either nearby or cut short to get Brandon back for calls of nature.

But now, after a donation from children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation, Brandon can travel far and wide in comfort.

The battery-powered hoist can be folded into an easy-to-carry case and when assembled, stands alone to lift Brandon from his wheelchair.

His grandmother Doreen said the hoist makes a ‘huge difference’.

She said: “It means we can now visit relatives in Clacton.

“Brandon has been able to go to London, we are not restricted at all.

“We have even been able to book a couple of long weekends away this year and that has given us all something to look forward to.”

The portable hoist was provided through Newlife’s Just Can’t Wait emergency equipment service which Doreen said was ‘a quick process’.

She said: “A couple of days after talking to someone at Newlife we took delivery of a portable hoist. I don’t know what we’d do without it.”

Brandon, who goes to The Buckingham School, is chuffed to have more flexibility.

He said: “Having a mobile hoist has taken away much of the restriction that I was faced with and given me, my nan and granddad more freedom.”

Since 2005, the foundation has provided 97 grants for children in Bucks, totalling more than £170,000.