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A specialist car seat means five-year-old Amelia, from Buckinghamshire, can travel in comfort and safety.

Amelia was born prematurely, at 28 weeks, with severe brain damage and hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain); this has resulted in her having developmental delay and epilepsy, but she is still a happy little girl.

Amelia enjoys singing and being around her friends at school. When she’s feeling particularly stressed she loves a drive out in the car, tapping at her window. Amelia has also been diagnosed with dislocating hips for which she has to wear a hip adductor brace. Her previous car seat was already too small for her but with the brace she could not fit in it at all. So Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children stepped in to help with specialist car seat.

Amelia’s mum Melinda said: “Before we got the new equipment it was always a worry taking her out due to her being squashed and uncomfortable. Without the car seat she would have been housebound as she couldn’t fit in the seat or her wheelchair with the braces on.”

With the car seat costing £599.50, and no statutory funding available, Melinda turned to Newlife – the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness.

Melinda added: “The car seat has made a huge difference, a car journey is all she needs to distract her if she’s having a bad day! If she could, Amelia would say a huge thank you for the help we received as a family. It means she can travel alongside her twin in the car and have a ‘normal life’ so to speak.”

Newlife has supported 190 families in Buckinghamshire, with equipment totalling £238,014. For more details about how Newlife supports families in the area, go to

If you think you can help, go to the website and donate. Alternatively, contact the Newlife County Liaison Team on 01543 431 444, email

Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of monies donated or fundraised locally will be used to specifically help children with disabilities and terminal illness in Buckinghamshire.

Pictured: Amelia Hendry