Two Cleveland Police Officers husband and Wife are appealing for help after PC Andrew Bradley has been told he can no longer drive after being confined to a wheelchair.
In February 2008 Andrew was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. In September 2011 he had to inform the Road Policing Unit where he worked that he felt he could no longer carry out front line duties for the safety of himself and others. Since then, his condition has deteriorated and he is now confined to a power wheelchair 99% of the time. Luckily he still has his job, albeit at a desk in the intelligence office.
On Thursday 4th August 2016, he had a driving assessment with North East Driving Mobility to see if he could continue driving our private automatic family car. Unfortunately he was told that his current ability to drive the car was poor and was told not to drive until he had a car adapted to his needs.
This would involve a ‘drive from wheelchair car’ and a joystick steering system due to the tiredness he suffers in his hands and arms. The joystick steering system alone costs £40,000 so quite understandibly Motability want us to pay a certain amount towards it. We have been informed this will be a minimum of £10,000 due to having two young children and needing the space for pushchairs too.
Andrews wife Ailsa is now hoping to raise some money so her husband can continue to work telling Police Hour “We do not have this kind of money and are appealing for help in order to raise the funds for my husband to keep his independence.
“I am organising a one day 100 mile bike ride and other colleagues are trying to help me as much as they can. I would be ever so grateful if you could find it in your hearts to make a donation to my Justgiving page no matter how small it is.”
Please dig deep and support the police family https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Andrews-car