Dancing is something 11-year-old Hannah Law from Stoke-on-Trent loves to do, but as her muscles are too weak to bear her own weight, she has been using a special walker to take classes for youngsters with special needs. Sadly, she has now outgrown this and it no longer gives her the support she needs, so she is once more restricted to her wheelchair.
Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness, were able to fund a walker for Hannah in 2012, but are now looking for ‘local heroes’ who can help raise the £2,232 necessary to give her a new, larger, walker – and the freedom and independence to dance, play and enjoy her life as much as possible.
Hannah has global development delay due to a rare chromosomal disorder, can vocalise sounds, but doesn’t speak. She also has monthly seizures and she can have up to 20 seizures in one day, which leaves her feeling weak and tired. She uses a manual wheelchair to get around, but having a standing frame means she is able to be on her feet, so she not only has all the health benefits of being upright for her internal organs, she is able to exercise and has much more freedom and independence, as well as the ability to socialise more easily and speak to people on the same level.
Mum, Claire, said: “Hannah loves being on her feet, especially for dance classes, but without the walker she just can’t be on her feet for very long, so she is in her wheelchair all the time.
“She is a happy child who also loves music and books, but this would make a big difference to her and make her life so much easier. It would be a real shame for her to have do without.”
If you would like to help Hannah, visit www.newlifecharity.co.uk/staffordshire, read her story and click the ‘Donate Now’ button. Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of the money donated to help Hannah will be used to fund the specialist walker. Any surplus funding will help provide equipment for other disabled children in the county as Hannah is one of 35 families in Staffordshire with equipment needs of £12,384 currently working with the charity.
For further information about how you can fundraise to support families in Staffordshire, contact Newlife’s Regional Fundraising and Awareness Manager for Staffordshire, Keleigh Tomlinson on 07973 473268 or visit www.newlifecharity.co.uk.
Pictured: Hannah Law