A specialist ‘Tough’ bed for nine-year-old Kofi Nyamekye will mean he can sleep in a proper bed again.
Kofi, who lives in Glasgow, has autism and sensory processing difficulties. His condition means he displays challenging behaviour and feels the need to jump and climb – and he has broken every bed he has had, which has resulted in him sleeping on a mattress on the floor for his own safety.
A ‘Tough’ bed would provide a suitable sleeping environment for Kofi, but the equipment costs £1,307 which is outside the family budget and there is no funding available from local statutory services. If you would like to help keep Kofi safe then go to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/glasgowcity and click on the Donate button next to his story.
Mum Elizabeth Maloreh-Nyamekye said: “Kofi has difficulties settling down at night, but having a safe and comfortable bed would help establish a bed-time routine and encourage him to stay in bed. Having this equipment would make a huge difference to Kofi’s wellbeing – and also benefit his two brothers, who are 11 and 14.”
With nowhere else to go, Elizabeth approached Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children for help. Newlife is the UK’s leading charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness – and has helped 76 children in Glasgow, with equipment totalling £124,643.
Newlife is currently receiving more Equipment Grant applications than at any time in its 25-year history, which is why public support is needed to help families caring for disabled and terminally ill children in Glasgow.
The website www.newlifecharity.co.uk/glasgowcity includes contact details for the Newlife County Liaison Team – tel no 01543 431 444 or email [email protected] – and shows specific ways people can help support children with disability and terminal illness and their families in the area. One hundred per cent of all fundraising/donations in Glasgow will go directly towards providing equipment; nothing is taken out for administration.
Any funds raised above what is needed for Kofi will help pay for equipment for another child in Glasgow.
Pictured: Kofi Nyamekye