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Four-year-old Toby Ratcliffe has Cerebral Palsy to such an extent all he can do for himself is roll over.

Toby from Salford can’t sit, crawl, stand or walk. He loves for his mum to hold him up to dance. Now growing too big for her to do this, he just sits in his wheelchair all day.

A specialist walker will change Toby’s life. He can be upright and supported so he can move around without help. He can explore, play with friends – and even dance – just like others his age, but statutory services won’t provide this.

Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children is trying to raise £2,242 to give him this, but they need help.

Mum Kate Harverson said: “Toby is so restricted at the moment, rolling over can only take him so far. He can’t move himself in his own NHS wheelchair, so he has no independence at all. He can’t go anywhere without being taken. He needs a walker to stand up so he can move around independently.

“It would be amazing for Toby to be upright and on his feet. He could do more things and have more choices. With enough practice, Toby might even be able to use it for school, which would help him do more with his friends. Life wouldn’t be so restricted for him then.”

Newlife’s Head of Charity Operations Stephen Morgan says: “We really want to help change Toby’s life, and those of the other children in Greater Manchester who need our help. We are calling on local people groups, clubs and companies to get involved, donate or fundraise for Newlife so that these children can get what they need.

Any funds raised above what is needed for Toby will be used to help other disabled and terminally ill children in Greater Manchester.

Stephen added: “Without this help, many will sadly go without. We simply don’t have the funds to support every child in need.”