A six-year-old with Cerebral Palsy urgently needs a specialist wheelchair so he’s not trapped in his Tooting home.
The only way Jack Callaby can get around without help is by crawling on the floor because the muscles in his arms and legs are painfully tight, and the rest of his body is so weak.
A motorised wheelchair loaned from a disability aid company gave Jack a taste of independence, which saw him thrive, but he’s now over the maximum safe weight limit to use it.
The only way mum Amy can take Jack out is in a double buggy he shares with his brother, two-year-old Luke, but he’s outgrown this too.
Even when the family are entitled to begin the long assessment process for a NHS wheelchair it will be for a basic, heavy model. This will leave him without the independence he loves, isolated and reliant on adults to push him around.
Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children are now urgently calling on the local community to help raise £3,130 so Jack can have his very own powered wheelchair and can go outside and join in with his brother, sister and friends.
Amy said: “We’re all trapped at home with no way to safely take Jack outside. It’s particularly stressful for everyone when the weather is good, but he can’t go out and play like other children.
“We have no other option as Jack’s too big for me to carry and his dad, Mark, has severe osteoarthritis in both hips and has recently had his first hip replacement – so it’s impossible for him to lift him, making it an ongoing struggle to contribute to helping with Jack’s needs.”
“I’m at my wits end. A powered wheelchair is the only chance Jack has of any independence and to have the chance to fulfil his potential. He’s a bright boy who just wants to be a part of everything and having a powered wheelchair would make that happen.
“There will always be barriers in life for Jack because he has Cerebral Palsy, but with the right equipment it’s possible to overcome them – that’s all any parent wants for their child!”
Newlife’s Senior Manager for Care Services, Carrick Brown, said: “Jack needs a powered wheelchair to go outside properly with his family and join in with everyday school activities. Without it his freedom, independence and options will be limited, just because he doesn’t have the right equipment at the right time.
“However, as much as we would love to help Jack and his family, we simply don’t have the funds right now so we are urgently asking local people and businesses to make a donation or fundraise to help him, as soon as possible.”
STOP PRESS: Thanks to a great community effort and lots of media support we have now raised enough money for Jack’s specialist wheelchair. However, you can still donate to help the other 19 children on our waiting list in London who need £46,055 of specialist equipment. If you are able to help please call 01543 431 444, visit the website at https://newlifecharity.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.