£17,000 wheelchair bought for disabled boy by charity
A 12-year-old boy who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare muscle weakening condition, is to be given a specialist wheelchair worth £17,000 thanks to a very generous donation by a local disability charity.
Luke Taylor, from the town of Tamworth in Staffordshire, needs constant help to cope with the effects of his disorder, and his mother Lizzy recently told reporters how she was 'almost in tears' after learning of Caudwell Children's extraordinary gesture.
The wheelchair, which Lizzy was surprised to discover was not available on the NHS, will allow Luke to travel with ease over long distances in mobility cars and to 'move into a different position whenever he wants', which could not be achieved before.
Following the awarding of what has been described as a 'life-changing' device, Caudwell Children are now stepping up their fundraising efforts, with chief executive Trudi Beswick warning that, unless more support is forthcoming from the public, 'donations like this will disappear'.
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