January update

My chair has been fixed, one of the actuators for raising and lowering the chair was not working due to a faulty potentiometer/sensor. This has been broken for the Christmas and New Year’s period which was difficult.

We have been enjoying the snow and it is very beautiful.

Work has started in earnest with the new challenging project to get my teeth into, very exciting. Working on 4G networks (a development called LTE-long-term evolution) which is based on improving the data rates of the cellular communications access networks. A huge project which has been going on for many years and so I’m starting at the bottom.

I have been unable to get out much for walks etc because of the snow recently and when I have I have got stuck quite frequently. The chair is not very comfortable on grass and uneven surfaces even without the snow so I have decided to try to purchase an off road chair sometime soon. The permobil X850 seems to be a good option because the head control will already be available for it (although I think it should work with any penny and Giles controlled chair), I will try to find funding for a second-hand version if I can find one. This will enable me to accompany people on walks and access previously inaccessible places, something I’ve been missing for a while.

If anyone feels like helping me in purchasing this off road chair please let me or dad know: whizz2000@hotmail.com.

Alternatively anonymous donations can be made through the Pavillion trust account, details of which are given below:

Here is PavilionTrust bank account no- 91392654
HSBC Summertown, Oxford, sort code 40-35-35

I am trying to decide whether to take the expensive chair to Sweden, insurance is expensive but might be worth it to avoid having to use a different chair.

… new photos on Flickr account

happy New Year to all

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