At Wheelchairs for Ukraine, we are a well-known disability charity in Scotland making a difference to the lives of disabled people. Our trustees, employees, and members believe passionately in the right of disabled people, throughout the world, to have the basic need of mobility fulfilled.
The Trustees, Employees and Members of Wheelchairs for Ukraine believe passionately in the right of Disabled People, throughout the World, to have the basic need of mobility to be fulfilled. We recognize that the many millions of people throughout the world who are in need of a wheelchair and the many more that are in need of a mobility aid have the right but for many not the means, neither privately or publically, to be able to have that basic need fulfilled.
In that recognition we are committed to working tirelessly in reaching out with the hand of International Brotherhood and Friendship to raise funds and provide Wheelchairs and Mobility Aids, free of charge, to those who need. In the first instance we recognize the desperate need of the forgotten people of Ukraine and are committed to meeting that need of mobility. Thereafter extending that same hand of International Brotherhood and Friendship to other countries and other Disabled Peoples immaterial of their Race, Religion, Sex, Disability, Marriage or Civil Partnership, Pregnancy or Maternity, Gender Reassignment, Sexual Orientation or Age.
As a spirited charity, we believe avidly in the right of every disabled person throughout the world to live a life with dignity and respect. By birthright, all individuals are entitled to a live of choice and independence. In recognition of these basic rights for all disabled people or indeed people, we are committed to doing everything in our power to help. We meet the basic need of mobility for all disabled people throughout the world. To help you get to know our team, we have detailed brief biographies below:
Michael Dunlop, Convener of Wheelchairs for Ukraine, has been involved with disability issues for many years. His career started in the printing and publishing industry and then he went into self-catering holidays. He soon decided to make his facilities available to wheelchair users and attracted guests from several different countries. He ran the Meals-on-Wheels service in Ayr for five years and increased the volunteers considerably.
In 1999, he joined his local Access Panel, of which he is now chairman. He also joined the Conservative Disability Group, after 6 months he was elected to the National Executive; he took control of the Conference Exhibition and attended National, Spring, Scottish and Welsh Conferences. He was then elected to Deputy Chairman. During that time he brought together a sub-committee to develop and publish a comprehensive Policy Document. He then became Director and is now Deputy President. He has also served as a Director of the Scottish Disability Forum for 2 years. Michael went to Ukraine in summer 2012, and loved the country returning again that autumn and several times in 2013. His involvement in disability made him see the desperate need to help disabled people there.
Richard is the owner of Mobility Aid Services. he would like to share his 15 years of healthcare experience to benefit others. Richard believes his experience perfectly positions him as a Trustee of Wheelchairs for Ukraine. After serving in the Armed Forces, he settled into the NHS as a Physiotherapy Assistant, providing outpatient exercise and rehabilitation programmes. This led to an opportunity to develop hospital inpatient experience - working on Care of the Elderly and Stroke rehabilitation wards.
Following on from this Richard became a Technical Instructor with a community based Older Peoples Team, providing assessment, rehabilitation and support to vulnerable clients. After 9 years with the NHS he moved into the commercial sector, working for an Internationally recognised healthcare equipment manufacturer providing products and support to the NHS, Social Services and private individuals. This provided him the insight and experience in the design, production and sales of specialist rehabilitation equipment. At the forefront of Richard’s decision to become involved with Wheelchairs for Ukraine was an intention to use his experience to the benefit of this worthwhile charity and improve the quality of life for those less fortunate.
Karim, a businessman is married with two children. His son is severely autistic, with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. From the challenges he has faced and experience and knowledge that he has gained, Karim has become an avid social entrepreneur who is passionately dedicated towards assisting people from all communities of every background.
He proactively mitigates the challenges that they may face as a consequence of direct or indirect discrimination, he emphasises the importance of maintaining dignity to the lives of people with special needs and disability. Karim’s ethical underpinnings are driven by his commitment to value pluralism and tolerance, promoting the benefits of a cosmopolitan society that encourages such culture as well as social justice, education and lifelong learning.
Keith is a Royal Navy veteran who was invalided out of the force in 1973 due to an accident that left him disabled and a paraplegic wheelchair user. He is a graduate of the University of the Highlands and Islands, as well as Heriot-Watt University, where he is a member of the alumni. Keith’s professional expertise is in the field of accessibility and the design of inclusive environments. Keith has considerable working knowledge of inclusive environments both professionally and personally, and has worked in this field for more than 30 years.
Keith’s passion is to strive to see a society, and indeed a world, that it is inclusive for everyone. Keith values vibrant communities and locations where people are attracted to live. He strived for a world where it is not the disabilities that matter but a person’s abilities immaterial of their physical, mental, or sensory impairments. Keith believes that regardless of the colour of an individual’s skin, the god that they worship, or their gender, they are human beings that have the right to live. Keith believes that everyone is entitled to a life with dignity, respect, choice, fairness, and independence.