Eighteen-year-old Lottie Johnson has Cerebral Palsy and she has no functional use of her arms or legs. A new mobile hoist means she can finally be transferred in and out of her wheelchair in safety.
Lottie, who lives in Sheffield, spends half the week with her mother and the other half with her father, Gary Johnson.
Even though Lottie’s time is divided between both parents, her mum is classed as her main carer so Statutory Services will not fund any support at Gary’s home.
Dad Gary contacted Newlife – the UK’s largest charitable provider of essential equipment to meet the specialist needs of children with disabilities and terminal illness – for help to secure a mobile hoist costing £805.
Gary says: “As care is shared between Lottie’s mother and I it is important that Lottie is able to get the proper care she needs at both properties as she is reliant on us for everything.
“Lottie is 18 years old so manually moving her sometimes takes a toll on my back, with the new hoist on the ground floor I am able to move her around much more easily. It is a lot more comfortable for Lottie and has reduced my back pain.”
“I am very grateful to Newlife for all the help provided. The new hoist will reduce Lottie’s chances of being injured while being transferred around our home,” added Gary.
Newlife is currently working with a further 20 families in the South Yorkshire area, with equipment needs totalling £19,470. Newlife guarantee that 100 per cent of the funds received via donations and fundraisers will support vulnerable children within the area.
Newlife has provided equipment for 305 children in South Yorkshire, at a cost of more than £278,256. To find out how Newlife supports children in the area, go to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/SouthYorkshire. This also includes contact details of the Newlife County Liaison Team – tel no 01543 431 444 or email [email protected]
For further information about how you can support families in South Yorkshire, contact Newlife’s Regional Fundraising and Awareness Manager for Yorkshire, Caroline Artschan, on 07534 491 933 or by emailing [email protected]
Pictured: Lottie Johnson