Ten-year-old Huddersfield girl Macy Robinson will soon be able to travel safely and attend vital hospital appointments thanks to the imminent arrival of a specialist car seat from Newlife foundation for children with disabilities.
Macy has a genetic disorder, physical disability and global development delay. She is unable to walk and is a wheelchair user – it is important that Macy has the correct car seat to give her the required postural support.
Mum Emma explained: The new secure, special car seat will make it much easier for Macy to get in and out of the car because of the flat design of the seat.
“It is very difficult for her with her current seat as we have to lift her into it. All the staff were really helpful and dealing with Newlife has been a very efficient process so far.”
The new seat will cost £718 and funding is not available from Statutory Services that is why Emma turned to Newlife Foundation the UK’s leading children’s disability charity; it has provided over £337,176 of specialist equipment for children in West Yorkshire. Recognising the urgent need to have the appropriate comfortable car seating meant Newlife fast-tracked the application.
Newlife need local people to help children in real need like Macy. The Robinson’s aren’t the only family in the county who are struggling to get the specialist equipment their child needs. Newlife is currently working with 23 families of disabled and terminally ill children in West Yorkshire, with equipment needs totalling £35,703.
That’s why Newlife – the largest charity funder of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness in the UK – has launched the Newlife West Yorkshire Fund – www.newlifecharity.co.uk/westyorkshire. It is an opportunity for local people to help local disabled children and every penny donated or fundraised in West Yorkshire is guaranteed to support families in the area.
Newlife Foundation CEO Sheila Brown, OBE, said: “As cutbacks continue to bite into local authority budgets we are seeing applications for our equipment services continue to rise. In 2013/14 we awarded 33 per cent more grants than the previous year, investing a total of £2,088,105 in specialist equipment for 1,303 children around the UK.
“This means that, as a charity, we are looking increasingly to ‘local heroes’ to help us help children in individual counties – and Newlife Staffordshire can be ring-fenced to specifically provide equipment for disabled and terminally ill children within the county.”
If you would like to donate or raise money to help fund specialist equipment for disabled and terminally ill children in West Yorkshire, the Newlife Community Fundraising Team can be contacted on 0800 988 4640 (free from UK mobile and landlines). Any individual or organisation thinking of running a fundraising event is asked to contact the team, who can offer support and guidance.
For full details of Newlife Foundation’s range of practical support for disabled and terminally ill children and their families, call the Newlife Nurse Helpline – 0800 902 0095 (free from UK mobiles & landlines) – or go to:
Pictured: Macy Robinson