A Newport five-year-old who has a form of Cerebral Palsy urgently needs a specialist car seat so he can travel in the family car without pain, which would allow him and his family the freedom to go about everyday life without restrictions.
A car accident a few months ago meant Logan Bradley could no longer use the car seat which had been keeping him safe, however the same high street model is no longer available. After searching extensively for a replacement, his parents Anna Wilcox and Simon Bradley realised only a specialist version can provide their son with the right support and extra features he needs to travel comfortably and safely.
Now Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children is looking for ‘local heroes’ who can help us make this happen. We already have £440 towards this vital piece of equipment, which costs £1,320, but still need £880.
Logan’s condition means his muscles are extremely tight and stiff and he also has a dislocated right hip, so he needs a walker and a wheelchair to get around and it’s vital for his development that his posture is properly supported.
Mum Anna said: “After the car accident we had no option but to get him a high street car seat, but he is over the weight for this now and I’m not sure how safe he would be in it if we did have an accident as he’s not supported properly – which also isn’t good for his posture long-term. “The base doesn’t swivel out either, which is important as it’s so difficult to get Logan in and out of the seat otherwise. He has reflux too and we couldn’t get him out quickly if he needed us. He is also in pain just sitting in the car seat if we travel for too long, so at the moment we can’t go anywhere more than 30 minutes away.
“Logan is usually a happy little boy with a massive smile – everyone says his smile makes their day – but at the moment he gets upset at the thought of going into his car seat. It affects us being able to go out as a family. It’s difficult to even think about driving to the shops at the minute and I always need a disabled carpark space to be able to get him out of the car safely – and there aren’t always many of those.”
Anna added: “Having the specialist car seat would mean Logan is pain free and more comfortable on car journeys. We would have more freedom and could go different places with him and his seven-year-old sister, Faye.
“Logan would be much safer in the car which would give us peace of mind and it will really last him a long time. I can’t emphasise how much we need this.”
We need donors and fundraisers who want to really make a difference, helping us transform Logan’s everyday life. To find out how you can support Logan, go to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/shropshire. Alternatively, contact the Newlife County Liaison Team on 01543 431 444, email email@example.com.
Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of monies donated or fundraised in Shropshire will be used to specifically help children with disabilities and terminal illness in the county. Any money raised surplus to requirements for Logan will be used to help other local children.
Pictured: Logan Bradley