Seventeen-year-old Ravneek Singh Kaloti has a worsening condition that means he is increasingly unable to move about on his own. He uses a wheelchair to get around, but needs to be hoisted in and out of it for safety. At home the family has a ceiling track hoist to help them – but that means they can only leave the home for a limited time, and certainly not overnight. This means that Ravneek is missing out.
Mum Raikha Kaloti, from Whitmore Park in Coventry, explained: “If we want to go to Blackpool or Alton Towers, for instance, or to a family wedding somewhere else in the country, we have to come home the same day because we can’t transfer Ravneek without the risk of dropping him. It is restrictive for all of us, but particularly for Ravneek as it means he is missing out on a lot of opportunities.”
Ravneek has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a life-limiting condition that can affect many muscles in the body, including the heart. A portable hoist, costing £3,095, would enable Ravneek to get out more often and further afield – and make the most of life.
Now Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children is helping to secure the equipment for Ravneek – and needs the support of ‘local heroes’. You can help by going to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/westmidlands and clicking on the Donate button beside his story. Alternatively, contact the Newlife County Liaison Team on 01543 431 444, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newlife is the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness and has supported 1,515 under-19s in the West Midlands with equipment totalling £1,464,119.
Newlife guarantees that 100 percent of monies donated or fundraised in the West Midlands will be used to specifically help children with disabilities and terminal illness in the area. Any money raised surplus to requirements for Ravneek will be used to help other local children.
Pictured: Ravneek Singh Kaloti