You should be able to get what you need from your local authority, the NHS or a charity grant.
Sometimes fundraising might be the only way to get the money to pay for what you want. For example, a particular model of powerchair. But you would need to maintain any equipment that you buy. This could be a disadvantage.
Warning Your benefits
Fundraising for yourself could reduce or stop your benefits. Get advice if you're not sure.
You may be able to use Access to Work to pay for equipment that will help you to do your job. You can also use this to pay for your travel to work or if you travel for your job. The equipment would belong to your employer.
Set up a new account for the appeal if you can. The DWP may be less likely to treat the money as capital or income if you use a specific bank account. It should have the name of the appeal, such as John's Wheelchair Fund. You could choose to have more than one signatory on the account.
Keep accounts of all income and outgoings so that you can show how you have spent the money.
Crowdfunding is asking people to support you by donating money. People often use it to receive small amounts of money from a large number of people.
People running crowdfunding campaigns make a page on a crowdfunding website like gofundme or JustGiving.
Your crowdfunding page
You will need to set up a page where you talk about what you need and take donations. The rules for crowdfunding sites vary.
Sharing your story
A strong story can make crowdfunding more successful. You will need to share some parts of your personal life to do this.
On the page, talk about what you're crowdfunding for, like a powerchair. Be as specific as you can.
It can also help if you say why a piece of equipment is right for you and why alternatives are not. For example:
a cheaper option, like a mobility scooter
equipment provided by the NHS
If you want to write more, you could write a blog post and link to it. If you do not want to start a blog you could write a Google doc.
You can use sites like Facebook and Twitter to share information about what you need:
Facebook is often the most effective.
Twitter is good if you have a lot of followers or know people with a lot of followers.
Post something different each time. People may notice if you post the same thing a lot. You do not always need to ask for money. People can also support you by sharing your story and crowdfunding page.
Posts about your life could help people to understand your needs. This could make them more likely to:
share your story
share your crowdfunding page
Post regularly. People may not be able to donate until they get paid.
Asking people to share
Depending on who they are, someone sharing your posts can be more valuable than them giving you a donation. You could say something like, "If you can't donate, please share."
Make a list of people who might be interested in sharing. Tag someone each time you post and ask if they can share it.
Getting questions and comments
Curious people may ask you questions about your story. Some of these may feel patronising. Preparing answers might help.
For example, someone might ask why you cannot get a wheelchair through Motability. You could say: "They don't offer the kind of wheelchair I need."
You do not have to answer negative or unpleasant questions if you do not want to. If people harass you because you're disabled, it is a hate crime.
Report hate crimes as soon as possible. There are several ways to do this. You can ask for help and you do not need to leave your house or talk to the police in person.