New wheelchair for Weston youngster thanks to charity’s donation

PUBLISHED: 09:53 15 September 2018

The terrain wheelchair cost £3,000. Picture: Axentis Michael Charitable Trust

The terrain wheelchair cost £3,000. Picture: Axentis Michael Charitable Trust

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A Weston-super-Mare youngster has been gifted an all-terrain wheelchair after a charity provided the final piece of funding.

Phoebe Small, aged seven, has global development delay, which affects her learning and movement skills, her ability to walk or talk and interact with others socially and emotionally.

The Mercury reported in August how a fundraiser at Winscombe Community Centre, in Sandford Road, was held for Phoebe which was organised by her friend Grace Henderson, aged seven.

It left her £1,000 short of her £3,000 target, but Weston-based Axentis Michael Charitable Trust has stepped in with the final bit of money needed.

Phoebe’s mum, Charlotte, said: “With the support of the trust, we have been able to purchase an all-terrain wheelchair for Phoebe, which means we will be able to enjoy more family days out, like going to the beach, which we had not been able to do with her old wheelchair.

“She is such a happy, smiley girl and brightens up every room she goes into, and we are so grateful to the trust for their generous contribution, which will make a huge difference to Phoebe’s quality of life.

“We used the wheelchair to take Phoebe to Weston Woods, and she absolutely loved it.”

Grace’s step-mother Katie Wyatt added: “The wheelchair will be life changing for Phoebe as it will allow her to enjoy more days out with her family, they truly deserve this.”

The trust started as a small charity to remember and honour the life of Weston hotelier Axentis Michael, who died in 2003, and raises and distributes funds to worthy causes in the surrounding area.

Alex Demetriou, from the trust, said: “When we heard what a positive difference an all-terrain wheelchair would make to Phoebe, we were only too pleased to be able to fill in the funding gap.

“I hope Phoebe gets as much joy out of her wheelchair as we have in helping to provide it for her, we hope she gets to enjoy even more quality family time which will make her smile even more.”

In February, the trust gave a £5,000 grant to six-year-old Alannah Edwards, who is registered blind and has global developmental delay, to have her family garden landscaped so she could go outside.

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