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Eight-year-old Corey Gillies from Keith in Moray needs a simple piece of specialist equipment so he can do the sorts of things most children his age take for granted – going shopping with mum, taking the family dog for a walk and days out with his brother.

Corey has a complex medical condition that includes Downs Syndrome, autism, hearing loss and low muscle tone. He gets tired very quickly and has difficulties coping with the world around him, so mum Liza Gillies uses a pushchair to get him out and about in safety.

Unfortunately, Corey has outgrown the largest standard pushchair available and now needs a specialist buggy. However, this will cost £2,045, so Liza turned to Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children for help.

Now Newlife – the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness – is looking for ‘local heroes’ who can help us make this happen. We already have £681 towards this vital piece of equipment.

We need donors and fundraisers who want to really make a difference, helping us transform Corey’s everyday life. To find out how you can support Corey, go to and click on the Donate Now button next to his story. Alternatively, contact the Newlife County Liaison Team on 01543 431 444 or email

Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of monies donated or fundraised in Moray will be used to specifically help children with disabilities and terminal illness in the county. Any money raised surplus to requirements for Corey will be used to help other local children.

Liza Gillies said: “Corey has access to a specialist buggy at school which enables him to take part in more activities with his classmates; we need something similar – but easier to use and transport so I can fit it in the car along with myself, Corey and his older brother.

“This is a piece of equipment that would be used on a daily basis, for simple family activities like going shopping and walking our dog. Also, we are quite rural and like to go on walks in the local woods and the specialist buggy would be much easier to negotiate over uneven paths. Corey’s autism means he can often be overwhelmed by the world around him so sometimes he needs to retreat under the hood of his pushchair, where he feels secure. This, together with a five-point harness, will help keep him safe and manage his ‘meltdowns’.”

She added: “The buggy that has been recommended for Corey would make a big impact and ensure he is involved in all aspects of family life.”

Pictured: Corey Gillies