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Loan a wheel chair how much to donate.

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tanith Mon 25-Jun-18 17:21:11

I’m loaning a wheel chair from the Red Cross next just in case OH can’t manage too much walking while we are on holiday. They don’t charge but accept a donation I’ve no idea how much. Any views? does £25/30 sound mean?

mcem Mon 25-Jun-18 17:25:15

I've investigated borrowing a wheelchair in case I need one on our trip to Disneyland Paris next month.
They hire them out at 20 euros a day so hoping I won't need one !
I think you're nearer the mark!

kittylester Mon 25-Jun-18 18:00:34

When DS1 came home from Japan in need of a wheelchair we borrowed one for a month and we were so grateful that it gave us space to find our feet and a bit of equilibrium. I think we donated £250!! Even then we bought badly and wasted money.

tanith Mon 25-Jun-18 18:10:59

Wow! I'll have to rethink this. I'm not sure what you mean by your last sentence.

varian Mon 25-Jun-18 18:16:16

Do you mean you are borrowing a wheelchair, not loaning a wheelchair?.

What you donate should relate to how long you use it, how much you needed it and how much you can afford.

kittylester Mon 25-Jun-18 18:19:18

No, I think you are on track, tanith.

DS couldn't walk at all and we needed a wheelchair the minute he came through arrivals. We were so grateful that we could keep it for long enough to think and evaluate what we needed to buy for him. Unfortunately, we chose badly after all that deliberation.

tanith Mon 25-Jun-18 18:23:46

Thanks now I get it , OH may manage ok without it but I don't want to take the chance. We'll need it for a week by hopefully won't need it.

Synonymous Mon 25-Jun-18 18:30:19

We borrowed one for about 3 months after DH was injured and gave a donation of £60 with which the Red Cross were very happy. The lady in charge haggled it down to that and we said not a penny less. She said the chair was quite old, not the greatest for comfort and had been paid for several times over, so there you go - just pay them what you feel you can afford and perhaps what it is worth to you should come into it too. smile

maryeliza54 Mon 25-Jun-18 20:58:55

Some mobility stores hire them out and charge in this area about £35 a week so I would think your original thought was on the mark.

Grannyben Mon 25-Jun-18 21:49:11

I think your donation sounds absolutely fine and I'm sure the Red Cross will be delighted.

SueDonim Mon 25-Jun-18 22:13:39

I'd buy one. That way you know it's brand new and will have no problems. That's what we did when I broke my leg and the Red Cross would only loan one out for one month.

tanith Mon 25-Jun-18 22:17:54

Thanks everyone I only need it for a week so certainly won’t be buying one . I’ll go ahead with my donation thanks

SueDonim Mon 25-Jun-18 23:12:07

Oh a week! I thought it was for longer, I don't know why. blush

FlexibleFriend Wed 11-Jul-18 15:41:33

You can buy one for around £100 so I'd base my donation on that. I think £30 is a good figure.

gillybob Wed 11-Jul-18 16:18:11

When my mum died we donated her 2 wheelchairs to a charity. One was almost brand new and the other quite well used but it was a battery assisted powered chair .

I would hope that they would have been loaned or even donated freely to someone in need . I think a £20 donation is more than fair.

BlueBelle Wed 11-Jul-18 16:28:57

I think a £20 or £25 donation is more than enough Tanith

Kittylester you can buy a new one for less than £250

Melanieeastanglia Wed 11-Jul-18 18:23:37

I think £25.00 - £30.00 is sufficient.

jacq10 Tue 14-Aug-18 17:26:55

I know I'm a bit late with this but maybe someone else may be looking. We were given a very good wheelchair for my DH through NHS Scotland but I found it very heavy to push and to lift in and out of the car. I found this one on the internet and it is brilliant and it was delivered to the door for £79. We use our own cushion on it as DH is more and more dependant on it now.

Charleygirl Tue 14-Aug-18 18:40:35

I think that £25-£30 is more than enough for a week.

Have you tried asking locally on Freecycle? I saw one advertised a few days ago.