A charity partnership between local auctioneers Cuttlestones and Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children is set to help Bloxwich four-year-old Alex Oliver.
Alex has Quadriplegic Dystonic Cerebral Palsy, which means she has very limited independent movement, and Scoliosis that affects her spine. She uses a specialist chair at home for comfort, but because of her worsening Scoliosis she now needs a bespoke seat insert for this equipment to help combat the condition.
Mum Lucy Oliver said: “When Alex gets home from school she likes to get into her relaxing chair because it is more comfortable for her than her wheelchair. Getting a specially moulded insert for it will help improve her posture and prevent further deterioration of her spine.”
The cost of the adaption – £597 – prompted the family to turn to Cannock-based national children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation for help. With support from Cuttlestones, Newlife has been able to respond quickly to Alex’s needs.
Cuttlestones Auctioneers & Valuers – with salerooms in Penkridge, Staffordshire, and Wolverhampton – adopted Newlife Foundation as its Charity of the Year throughout 2013, raising an amazing total of £5,556. Cuttlestones is continuing to support the charity in 2014.
Cuttlestones managing director Ben Gamble said: “Newlife Foundation does incredible work that we are proud to support. Knowing the difference our fundraising efforts will make to Alex and her family really brings home why we’ve been raising funds and it’s fantastic to see someone benefit directly.”
Newlife Foundation CEO Sheila Brown, OBE, added: “Funding donated by Cuttlestones has already enabled us to support several Staffordshire children. Now their fundraising efforts will help transform the lives of another family, this time in the Walsall area.”
Pictured: Alex Oliver