Four-year-old Evie Timmis, from Haughton near Stafford, will soon be getting the specialist car seat she needs so she can travel in safety in the family car.
Evie has epilepsy and development delay; unable to walk, she uses a specialist buggy to get out and about. The family live in a rural area, so they rely on the car for transport but Evie is getting too big for her standard car seat, which mum Ruth struggles to get her in and out of. Car seats for older children aren’t available on the mainstream market and a booster seat would not properly support her.
Ruth Timmis said: “Evie isn’t able to help me transfer her from her buggy to the car so it is getting harder as she gets older. She often knocks her head or legs on the car as I have to almost throw her in. A specialist seat with a swivel base will make it easier to transfer her without her getting bumped.”
The specialist car seat – which will support Evie for several years – is being provided by Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children. Newlife is the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness; the charity has supported 931 families in Staffordshire alone at a cost of £1,035,795.
For more information about how Newlife supports families in the county, go to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/staffordshire. If you would like to support another child in Staffordshire, contact the Newlife County Liaison Team on 01543 431 444, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of monies donated or fundraised in Staffordshire will be used to specifically help children with disabilities and terminal illness in the county.
Pictured: Evie Timmis