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Acorn Stairlifts has given a 72-year-old woman with reduced mobility a free stairlift to help her get up and down the stairs with ease.

As part of its ongoing collaboration with Marie Curie, Acorn Stairlifts installs up to 60 stairlifts a year free of charge across the UK to help people with mobility issues get around their homes and regain independence.

Emily Binks, who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2002, has found getting up and down the stairs a near impossible task following an unsuccessful knee replacement.

Her lack of mobility means that she has struggled to use the bathroom and bedroom in her home and only uses the stairs when it is absolutely necessary, with aid from her husband Michael.

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To help her get up and down the stairs, Marie Curie suggested to Emily to use a stairlift, which would help her regain her independence.

Emily told Bdaily News: “Before the stairlift was fitted, I had to face unendurable pain to climb the stairs on all fours and then take one step at a time to get down.

“My worried husband would have the exhausting task of helping me up the stairs before he left the house – meaning we always had to plan and think ahead. It was so restricting and took away much of our freedom.”

Upon hearing about Emily’s situation, Acorn had a stairlift fitted in her home two weeks after initial contact.

Nick Wilson, Operations Director for Acorn Stairlifts, said: “Stories like Emily’s are the exact reason we partnered with Marie Curie. We aim to change lives by installing 60 stairlifts a year for Marie Curie patients, which are to be installed before they return from hospital.”

“I have no fear going up the stairs now,” concluded Emily. “It’s completely changed our lives; any worries of falling have been lifted and I have no restrictions on when I can go upstairs.”

Established in 1992, Acorn Stairlifts specialises in the manufacture and installation of stairlifts.

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