Four-year-old Ryan Tillers, from Bristol, can’t move his arms and legs. Only his mum knows when he is in pain because Ryan can’t speak. He has Cerebral Palsy and Inga has to help him do absolutely everything. Now he has grown out of his car seat, things are only going to get harder, unless the funds for a specialist car seat can be raised.
Ryan has been using a standard car seat, just like many other children his age – but it is such a poor fit and provides so little support for his body that the straps regularly slip from his shoulders, forcing Inga to stop the car and reposition him. The simple task of getting her children to school is becoming impossible for the mum of four.
Inga said: “Ryan is clearly very uncomfortable in his car seat – we can’t travel more than a few miles. I have to stop the car and reposition him to make sure he is safe. If we are out as a family, I can at least sit in the back so I can keep an eye on him but going anywhere on my own with the children is really difficult. That’s why we need the specialist car seat – we can fund some of this ourselves, but like most normal families finding such a large amount isn’t possible.”
Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children wants to give Ryan the car seat he needs and is appealing to local people to help raise or donate the £2,508 needed. You can give by visiting www.newlifecharity.co.uk/somerset or emailing email@example.com. Telephone donations can be made by calling 01543 462777.
Know that every penny you give will go directly towards funding the specialist car seat for Ryan; any money raised above what is needed for him will be used to help other disabled and terminally ill children in Somerset.
Newlife Head of Operations Stephen Morgan said: “There are now one million disabled children in the UK – more than ever before. Without Newlife, thousands would simply go without the equipment they need. Families of disabled and terminally ill children have to beg and battle their local services to get even basic equipment and still they are being failed. This is not right. Newlife comes to the rescue – we save and change lives across the UK, every day.”
Pictured: Ryan Tillars