A hi-tech wheelchair will help give 11-year-old Madison Buckley the independence she needs as she approaches her teenage years.
Newlife, the Charity for Disabled Children, is working to help Madison, but hers is just one of 20 families in Cheshire currently working with the charity. Which is why Newlife is looking for ‘local heroes’ to help make this happen.
Madison, from Winsford, has a muscle-wasting condition and global development delays that affects her mobility. She relies on a wheelchair to get around but is outgrowing her current equipment.
Dad Shaun Buckley said: “Madison has had her wheelchair for six years and has grown quite a bit in that time. It’s just not big enough for her anymore and it’s putting strain on her legs and hips – she gets painful cramps.”
Madison has undergone hip surgery and had steel rods inserted in her spine.
Shaun added: “In the next year or so she will be a teenager and need more independence, so a hi-tech wheelchair would not only be comfortable for her but help her do so much more for herself. For instance, there are things in the fridge at home that she can’t reach and we try to put everything in the kitchen cupboards where she can get to it, but we have limited space. She is being held back from doing everyday things by her wheelchair.”
This is mirrored at school where she has to be transferred into alternative seating to access some desks. “But then she isn’t comfortable because she struggles to sit upright without support,” says Shaun.
What Madison needs is a wheelchair with a high/low facility so she can access a range of heights at the touch of a button, and be safe and comfortable at the same time.
With no funding available from local statutory services for this equipment, the family turned to Newlife – the largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness in the UK – for help. The charity gave Madison her current wheelchair back in 2011.
A new wheelchair to meet her needs will cost £10,065. The family has already fundraised just over £1,000 – leaving £9,043 to find.
If you would like to support Madison in getting her equipment, go to: www.newlifecharity.co.uk/cheshire and click on the Donate button next to her story.
The website includes contact details for the Newlife County Liaison Team – tel no 01543 431 444 or email [email protected] – and shows specific ways people can help support children with disability and terminal illness and their families in the county.
Any funds raised above what is needed for Madison will help pay for equipment for another child in Cheshire, where Newlife has already supported 431 children with equipment totalling £553,721.
Pictured: Madison Buckley