For the love of Lucy

Posted by David Orriell | 31/05/2013 | Category: Community

As you might already know, we support Newlife Foundation as our corporate charity partner. Newlife can let us know where the funds we’ve raised are donated to, as the money which Midlands Co-operative Society raise is channelled specifically to children within our trading area. One recent donation went towards a specialist powered wheelchair worth almost £9000.

As we’re based in Lincolnshire, we were able to help Lincoln girl Lucy with getting the specialist powered wheelchair she urgently needs thanks to the fundraising efforts of colleagues across the Society. Lucy, aged 17, has Quadraplegic Cerebral Palsy and currently relies on a wheelchair which she has had since she was just 11 years old and is now too small to meet her needs.

The £8,966 needed for the powered wheelchair, which Lucy will be able to control by using a head switch, will give her a new lease on life; it will enable her to take part in more activities with her friends. Lucy, a pupil at St Francis Community Special School, loves all the usual things other teenagers do – including boys and shopping, says mum Amanda!

Lucy said she’s really looking forward to getting her new chair because the one she has now is bright pink and although she still likes it she wants different colours now she’s older, and also because it keeps breaking down!

The cost of the new wheelchair is almost £9,000, with local wheelchair services pledging £2,019 but she has found help from leading UK children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation with support from Midlands Co-operative Society invaluable.