Six-year-old Amy Robertson from Glasgow urgently needs a specialist sleeping environment so she has somewhere to keep her safe at night. Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children is looking for ‘local heroes’ who can help us make this happen. We already have £2,366 towards this vital piece of equipment, which costs £7,100. But we still require £4,732. We need donors and fundraisers who want to really make a difference, helping us transform Amy’s everyday life. To find out how you can support Amy, go to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/glasgowcity and click on the Donate button next to her story. Alternatively, contact the Newlife County Liaison Team on 01543 431 444, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy, who lives in the Hillington area of the city, has the rare genetic brain condition lissencephaly which has resulted in developmental delay, muscle weakness and a visual impairment.
Mum Amanda Robertson says: “Amy is still sleeping in a baby cot but she now fills the length of it and keeps getting her legs trapped in the bars. It’s a real safety concern – I’m worried she will end up breaking a leg. But she can’t sleep in a regular bed because that would put her at risk too.”
Amanda says she has had to move home twice because of the noise that Amy makes at night – constantly rocking from side to side and banging on the cot. She said: “Amy doesn’t sleep very well and she can go on for hours. I am always afraid that she will harm herself, particularly her head.”
Although she hasn’t yet suffered any injuries, Amy’s occupational therapist has recommended a safe sleeping environment – called a SafeSpace – to resolve the safety concerns, but there is no local statutory funding available for the £7,100 piece of equipment. Which is why Amanda turned to Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children.
Newlife is the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness.
Amanda added: “The SafeSpace will be ideal for Amy in terms of safety as well as reducing noise levels because there will be nothing hard to bang against and mean peace of mind for me.”
Newlife has already helped provide specialist equipment for 63 children in Glasgow, at a cost of £105,896. If you think you could help Amy, go to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/glasgowcity
Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of monies donated or fundraised in Glasgow will be used to specifically help children with disabilities and terminal illness in the city area. Any money raised surplus to requirements for Amy will be used to help other local children.
Pictured: Amy Robertson