Charity steps in to help Colne youngster

HELPING HAND: Little Oscar Whiteley (1)
HELPING HAND: Little Oscar Whiteley (1)

A Colne youngster with complex medical needs has been given a helping hand by a leading children’s disability charity.

Little Oscar Whiteley (1), who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, is now the proud owner of a £3,000 specialist buggy after the Newlife Foundation stepped in to help ease his pain.

The tot had previously been left housebound, apart from hospital and clinic appointments, after his standard buggy was leaving him distressed and sick.

His mum Natasha said: “Oscar has poor head and trunk control and the standard buggy we were using to get him out and about just wasn’t working for him. He suffers from reflux and every bump in the ground made him sick.

“It got to the stage where he hated being in the buggy so we hardly went out. However, Oscar has quite a few medical appointments each week – so we had to use it – and he would be distressed every time.

“The Newlife buggy has made a huge difference. Oscar isn’t being sick as much and he is happier about going out.”

Oscar’s occupational therapist recommended that a specialist buggy would help ease his pain – but Natasha was left waiting for a statutory services assessment for the equipment.

Desperate for help when she really needed it, Natasha turned to the Newlife Foundation, and through the charity’s emergency equipment loan service “Just Can’t Wait”, a buggy was delivered to their home within days.

The Whiteleys are one of six families in Lancashire currently being supported by Newlife Foundation through its emergency equipment loan services.

The buggy has proved particularly useful in supporting Oscar’s recovery from recent gastrectomy surgery, to remove part of his stomach, the day before his first birthday.

David Reeves, an experienced charity fund-raiser, said: “What attracted me to Newlife Foundation is the guarantee that 100% of all funds donated or raised go directly to buy specialist equipment for children in need. People can designate which county their money is used in and because of the charity’s transparent accountability I can tell everyone exactly how their funds have been spent.”

David is keen to hear from any local individuals, social and community groups or business organisations who might consider supporting Newlife Foundation in Lancashire, either through fund-raising or volunteering activities. He can be contacted on 07854 425 273 or by emailing dreeves@newlifecharity.co.uk.

For full details of Newlife Foundation’s range of support for disabled and terminally ill children and their families call 0800 902 0095 or visit www.newlifecharity.co.uk