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Parents of a five-year-old Stowmarket boy who has no sense of danger and runs off if he hears strange noises were at a loss trying to get a desperately needed specialist buggy.

Statutory funding was not available, so the family turned to Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children for help.

The new equipment has made a world of difference as Taylor Ager would run off at busy bus and train stations. He is now able to be transported to and from school in safety and Taylor and his family can now enjoy spending time together and having some fun.

“The buggy has given us a new lease of freedom,” said mum Caron. “I now do more on my own with the family – it was very difficult previously without the help of another adult.

“I now have peace of mind that Taylor doesn’t run off.

“When using public transport it was terrifying. Noises like the train or large vehicles frighten him and he would run off – it was very petrifying.

“I can’t sing Newlife’s praises high enough.”

The buggy cost £1,099 and was funded by a partnership between Central England Co-operative and Newlife Foundation.

Since the partnership was launched in 2012, Central England Co-operative colleagues and customers have raised £879,461 which – to date – has funded specialist equipment for 389 children with disabilities and terminal illness in their trading area. And with the partnership recently extended until January 2016, dozens more families will benefit.

Rosie Cole, Manager of the Central England Co-operative at Rickinghall, Diss said: “As a regional retailer we always ensure that our staff-elected charity supports people in need in our trading area. We are delighted to be able to help Taylor and his family in this way.”

For full details of Newlife Foundation’s range of practical support for children with disabilities and terminal illness and their families, call the Newlife Nurse Helpline – 0800 902 0095 (free from UK mobiles and landlines) – or go to:

Pictured: Taylor Ager