Harpenden man desperate to find stolen wheelchair

Dom Hyams with the stolen wheelchair

Dom Hyams with the stolen wheelchair - Credit: Archant

A man with brittle bones disease is appealing for witnesses after his wheelchair was stolen this morning (Wednesday).

Dom Hyams wants people to be on the look out for the stolen wheelchair

Dom Hyams wants people to be on the look out for the stolen wheelchair - Credit: Archant

Dominic 27, of Harpenden, was at a friend’s house in Lordship Park in Stoke Newington between 7.30 and 8am today.

The powered wheelchair, a Balder F280, was stolen between this 30 minute period and Dom is desperate to get it back.

He said: “I am in shock but want to do all I can to track it down.

“As you know, my wheelchair is my legs.”

His sister Holly Hyams has set up a fundraising page to raise money for a new wheelchair.

She said: “Having it taken away from him is devastating, as he has now completely lost his independence, which is the most important thing to him.

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“He has not only had his wheelchair stolen from him, but he also now cannot drive, as his specially adapted van, adapted and originally supplied by Motability, was made specifically to work with that wheelchair.

“This also means he is unable to go into his work. Quite ironically, over the last six months Dom has been working to promote the revolutionary new access app assist-Mi, which is designed to make life more independent for people with a disability.”

His wheelchair was originally funded by Action for Kids and cost £17,500.

The money will go towards an adapted replacement electric chair. His van will also need to be adapted to work with the new wheelchair.

To donate money to the cause, click here.

If found, or the money exceeds the target, it will be split between two charities - The Brittle Bone Society and Action for Kids.

If you have any information contact Dom via domhyams@gmail.com or call the police non-emergency number 101.

Dom added: “Thank you. I’ll keep everyone updated.”