Posted on January 09, 2017
Just before Christmas, Enable Ireland Dublin Services in Sandymount unwrapped an early Christmas present which will benefit hundreds of children with disabilities who attend their services. The Innowalk is a revolutionary device which supports children with physical disabilities to alternate between sitting and standing positions and allows for weight bearing movement. Developed in Norway, this is the first Innowalk to be available to children with physical disabilities in the UK or Ireland. The Innowalk benefits gross motor function and will lead to better health outcomes for the children who use it.
Owen Stubbs is 17 years old and has a physical disability. He says ‘I got to try out the Innowalk and I can’t wait to try it again! I like it because I get a really good stretch. There’s lots of things I need help with but I can do my exercise on the Innowalk all by myself. Thanks so much to everyone who helped get the money to buy this fun and exciting machine!” Owen’s mother Sheelagh says, “I’m really happy with the Innowalk. Owen can’t use a traditional stander anymore because he can’t straighten his legs. The Innowalk lets him stretch his hamstrings and his upper body.”
The Innowalk will be used by school age children attending Enable Ireland in Sandymount service, which provides services to 395 children with disabilities in Dublin. The device, which cost more than €40,000, was funded by three individual donations, one of which was an anonymous donor from The Community Foundation for Ireland who donated almost €18,000 to develop the Innowalk.
David Böckmann of The Community Foundation said, “We at The Community Foundation are always delighted to be able to match donors who care with causes that matter. It is clear that this grant will make it possible for Enable Ireland to make a significant impact in a lot of people’s lives by providing physical therapy using this impressive equipment.”