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Wheelchair For Wade

Wheelchair For Wade

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My name is Suzi Bilyard and I live in Sedgefield on The Garden Route. I have created this campaign to support my nephew, Wade Dinsdale who is 23 years old and wheelchair bound.

Wade Dinsdale was born with congenital muscular dystrophy, a muscle biopsy at 3 months old confirmed this and his life expectancy was 15 years old.  With absolute dedication and commitment, my sister Lynda has been an incredible inspiration as his caregiver and I believe due to this dedication, Wade has reached the age of 23 years old.

Hi current wheelchair was donated by Radio Highveld in 2010 which is a C350 Permobil from Sweden.

Wade had to leave school in Grade 10 due to ill health.

He had to go on a halo system in April 2013 to stretch his spine and also to improve his lung function before undergoing a major back operation.

Wade had rods screwed into his spine to straighten his 132 deg curvature on 26 August 2013.  His curvature was reduced to 60 deg.  Operation done by Ashwin Parbhoo at St Augustines – the procedure lasted 7 hours.  

Wades tilt-in-space wheelchair at present hardly goes at all due to the actuator malfunctioning on the 2/12/2018.  

His tilt function no longer works and this is affecting his health.  My sister has tried asking Key Health Medical Aid to pay for the actuator which comes from Sweden all in all with freight charges and labour will cost +_ R13189.35.  To this date she has still not been notified if they will pay for this part, which is very doubtful.

Wade is unable to go out in his wheelchair at present as my sister is unable to load him into her van as the wheelchair's reduced speed does not get him up the ramps.  

He is so unhappy about his wheelchair not functioning that he is suffering from depression.

His wheelchair batteries also need replacing and Key Health medical aid do not contribute towards batteries for electric wheelchairs.

I would like to crowdfund enough money to buy Wade a new wheelchair.

At the moment the wheelchair has a major impact on Wade's health and mobility, not to mention his mental state.  A new wheelchair for Wade will make such a huge difference in his life.  He will be able to feel a little more independent and will be able to go out more and socialise, instead of being stuck indoors all day every day with very limited contact with the outside world.  

On the health side, if he remains in his current chair in it's current state, Wade will land up back in hospital having to undergo another 7 hour operation to re-straighten the curvature of his spine.


  • Jun 17, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "For my special lady Wade. Granny Annette." - Annette Hatfield

  • Jun 15, 2019 - R 304.50
  • "I challenge all the estate agents out there to match this!" - Rob Scrooby

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 65.89
  • "With love xx" - Voget

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "All the very best Wade. Lots of love and praying you get that deserved wheelchair soon " - Horacio dos Santos

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "All the best Wade!! " - Shantel Naidoo

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Lots of love from Mark and Janet" - Janet Sykes

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck Wade " - Estelanie

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck Wade, love the Dinsdale’s" - Laurence Dinsdale

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "All the Best buddy" - Andreas Reichmuth

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Wishing you all the best for getting the new wheel chair... Lots of Love Beth " - Beth Sykes

  • Jun 11, 2019 - USD $ 53.97
  • "Hope you get all the funds soon! ???????? " - Aimee

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "The start for the new wheelchair." - Massimo and Suzi

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Keep strong, Wade" - Martin’s FB friend

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck Wade" - Anonymous

  • Jun 10, 2019 - USD $ 126.46
  • "Love and Hugs..... ????" - Carol

  • Jun 10, 2019 - USD $ 14.13
  • "Sending lots of love " - Anonymous

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "I challenge other knysna restaurant owners " - Deborah Macmillan

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "I challenge my fellow doctors in this area to do the same ." - Martin Young

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Donations to date

R 11 625.05

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00

Wade Wheelchair Cause

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Wade Dinsdale was born with congenital muscular dystrophy, a muscle biopsy at 3 months old confirmed this and his life expectancy was 15 years old.

Today he is 23 years old.

This crowdfunding campaign has been created to purchase Wade a new wheelchair.