Mark can carry on fishing thanks to REMAP
Mark Bradley from Glusburn has been a keen fisherman for over 40 years but feared his fishing days could be over when he suffered a stroke last year which seriously restricted the use of his left arm.
This was when the Community Stroke Team, based at Airedale Hospital, contacted Remap through Occupational Therapist Dawn Osborne. Dawn then got in touch with Vaughan Stell who chairs the Airedale branch of Remap, a national charitable group of people with technical skills who create custom made equipment for people with disabilities.
Vaughan, who is a qualified engineer, met up with Mark and assessed the problem which basically meant with the restriction of his arm he struggled to reel in his catch. Vaughan came up with a universally jointed tubular mounting for the rod which is strapped to Mark’s chest with Velcro tape thereby freeing up one arm and enabling him to land his catch.
Commenting on his new found freedom Mark said:
”I was seriously worried that I wouldn’t be able to fish again so when Vaughan came up with this device I was over the moon. Last month I landed a 12lb carp and it’s all thanks to Remap.”
Dawn Osborne is an Occupational Therapist at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and also the therapy professional representative on the Remap panel. Dawn says:
“We help with the referrals to Remap and where there is nothing commercially available we then team up the referrer with one of the retired engineers and together they design something that will solve the problem. It can make a real difference to people’s lives as in Mark’s case.”
”The appliance we produced for Mark is typical of the projects we get involved in. Other devices we at Airedale have made recently include a lever-operated adaption to a chair enabling a lady with M.S. raise her foot to help dressing, a simple hand-held device to help turning pages of a book or newspaper and a special rigidly mounted embroidery hoop allowing a lady with a disabled arm to continue her passion of embroidering. We are an active group of retired engineers and other volunteers who enjoy a challenge and are keen to take on more work and help disabled people in Airedale area.”
Every year Remap panels around the country make hundreds of pieces of equipment, all specially designed to help people with disabilities achieve independence and follow their dreams. The majority of referrals come from health professionals, mainly occupational therapists and physiotherapists, who come into contact with disabled people in the course of their work but other referrals also come from relatives and friends.
For more information on the Remap Charity visit www.remap.org.uk