Mum appeals for help to buy wheelchair for her son

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 June 2017

Jacob needs a new wheelchair to help restore his independence.

Jacob needs a new wheelchair to help restore his independence.

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A mum is raising money to pay for a specialist wheelchair which will transform her eight-year-old son's life.

Jacob has congenital muscular dystrophy - a muscle wasting condition - and needs a wheelchair to support him and help him keep up with other children his age.

He has outgrown his current wheelchair and it is no longer providing the seating support he needs, which means he is at risk of developing additional health problems.

The chair is also uncomfortable which means he is finding it hard to concentrate at school and socialise with his friends.

Jacob’s mum Naomi is appealing for help to raise money for a powered wheelchair to improve his health.

She said: “Jacob is like any young boy. As he grows he needs equipment that meets his needs. But it’s becoming increasingly difficult to for him in his current wheelchair.

“Due to Jacob’s severe physical disability and complex health needs he is reliant on other people to meet his every need.

“Jacob’s power chair is the one thing that gives him real independence.

“With the movement of one hand he can take himself to where he wants to be, and most importantly enables him to him play football and games with his friends. “Unless I can buy him a new powered wheelchair, that is suitable for him, he’ll find it increasingly difficult to have any sort of independence.”

Naomi is hoping to buy Jacob a sit, tilt and rise powered wheelchair with specialist seating to support his spine.

The functions would enable Jacob, who attends Bournville Primary School, to adjust the height so he can speak to his peers at eye level and reach different surfaces.

The chair would meet his needs for the next 10 years, but it has a £8,040 price tag.

National charity Caudwell Children has given Naomi 80 per cent of the money so she now needs to raise £1,340 to pay for the rest.

She said: “I know it’s an awful lot of money but with the support of the community we can make life so much better for Jacob.”

To donate to the appeal visit www.justgiving.com/chair4jacob

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