Sep 192014

Mark Williams Photo Diary

4th September 2014


I like to shop for my own food. I don’t like my PAs to do it on their own. This way I am able to choose what I want. Without the ILF I would not be able to have the choice over where and when to shop.


Anne Pridmore

2nd September

I and PA go shopping for food for friends party the next day. My PA drives me to shops and pushes trolley round for me. In the afternoon we take the dogs for long walk (me in wheelchair) up the canal.

6th September

My PA and I start preparing the afternoon tea for friends birthday party me doing the supervising. Have to get her to go to shops to get an extra loaf. In the afternoon she drives me to party, puts out food and helps make tea and coffee. In the evening we decide to treat ourselves to a meal out. We decide to go on foot or in my case on wheel. On the way back get caught in down pour – no problem as PA here to change clothes. Before I had ILF I used to have to dry myself off with a hairdryer but mainly found myself sitting in wet clothes up to six hours.

8th September

Went to London with PA to go round portrait gallery – toilets all very difficult. In the evening we went to see a friend in a one woman shows in SOHO. Really enjoyed it without ILF none of this would be possible. Got home at 10.30 straight to bed shattered but invigorated.

10th September

Had lie in then in afternoon my PA drove me to Leicester did some shopping called to M and S for slice of cake and tea. Then drove to meeting of Left Unity.

11th September

My PA drove me to seminar on the Care Act some 18 hours from my home. On return she prepared lunch whilst I worked on my web site. Had dinner prepared by PA the she drove me to choir.

12th September

PA drove me to teach my IT student waited the drove me back. This evening she will be taking me to play in a scrabble contest.

13th September

Had lazy day left note for my PA so I did not get up until 10.00am felt shattered

14th September

Did lots of paperwork with my PA with whom I trust with anything confidential. Watched some TV had an early night

15th September

Had split in rota today as had change of PAs at 5.00pm. This was mutually agreed because my PAs usually work a 24 hr shift which is a positive with ILF

16th September

Had early dinner as off to bridge club. PA drove and waited with me in case I need to use the toilet. First time with new bridge partner seemed to get on quite well. Much better to be able to play with real people not just on the internet.


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  2 Responses to “The ILF Diaries: the difference the Independent Living Fund makes daily #saveilf /part 2”

  1. A million thanks for posting this inriamftoon.

  2. Note your comment on toilets in Portrait Gallery – is that the National Portrait Gallery in London? We went to see the Anarchy and Beauty (William Morris and His Legacy, 1860-1960) exhibition there last year. Did have some trouble finding the disabled toilets, they are on the basement level, accessible through shop and cafe. Husband did have to go and find someone to ask though, signage not so good! 😉 Very nice, lovely red tiled, very spacious, pristine clean, and even had the emergency cord right to floor like it should be but often isn’t. Just thought I’d mention in case you want to visit again! Best wishes from sunny Liverpool, Maggie

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