An early Christmas present in the form of a specialist car seat has arrived for a Shropshire five-year-old with a form of Cerebral Palsy, thanks to kind hearted readers of the Shropshire Star. Now Logan can travel without pain and he and his family can enjoy some festive fun – with a journey to visit Santa being top of the list.
Logan Bradley from Newport was born with a condition which makes his muscles extremely tight and stiff and he also has a dislocated right hip, so he uses a walker and a wheelchair to get around. It’s vital for Logan’s development that his posture is properly supported, but after he and his parents, Anna Wilcox and Simon Bradley, were involved in a car crash earlier this year, he was unable to continue to use the seat which had been keeping him safe and supported.
The family were unable to find a standard high street version to suit Logan’s needs, so they turned to Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children for help – Newlife is the UK’s leading charity provider of essential equipment to meet the needs of children with disabilities and terminal illness. The family had secured £1,320 from Shropshire’s Cerebral Palsy Association, but needed a further £1,320 from Newlife to fund the specialist car seat which offers the support he needs – so the charity launched an appeal for local heroes to help make the seat a reality.
After the appeal appeared in the Shropshire Star, donations began to flood in, with local people donating until the target was reached.
Now the car seat has been delivered, mum Anna said: “I’m relieved to have it, it’s made so much difference already. It’s so much safer for Logan to travel, easier to get him into the seat and more comfortable for him.
“It’s made a difference to Christmas too – we had bought tickets to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor in Tamworth, which includes a visit to Santa, but I’m not sure we would have been able to go without the car seat arriving in time. We can now also drive to Simon’s parents for Christmas dinner in Penkridge, Staffordshire.”
Anna added: “Logan loves his new car seat, he says he thinks it looks like a racing car driver’s seat – he even has his own steering wheel in the back too! Logan is happy to go into the seat and is more comfortable now.”
Anna added: “I’m grateful to everyone who donated and want to thank Shropshire’s Cerebral Palsy Association and Newlife Foundation for everything they have done.”
Logan is the latest of 186 children in Shropshire who have collectively received equipment totalling £158,494. To find out more about how Newlife supports children across the county, go to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/shropshire. Alternatively, the Newlife County Liaison Team can be contacted on 01543 431 444, email email@example.com.
Newlife is currently working with a further five families in Shropshire. If you think you could help children in the county, go to the website and click on the Donate button.
Pictured: Logan Bradley