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Charity steps in to help with £2,000 car seat for Anthony

Three-year-old Anthony Gibson, from Colne, has got a new specialist car seat from Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, working in partnership with Marks and Spencer. (S)
Three-year-old Anthony Gibson, from Colne, has got a new specialist car seat from Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, working in partnership with Marks and Spencer. (S)
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A three-year-old toddler from Colne will be able to travel in safety after an online appeal secured a new car seat.

Anthony Gibson has received his new specialist car booster seat after the Newlife charity working in partnership with retail giant Marks and Spencer delivered the goods.

When I found out how much the car seat would cost it was a bit of a jaw-dropping moment

Mum

Anthony has cerebral palsy, a neuromuscular condition affecting co-ordination and movement; he also has epilepsy, autistic spectrum disorder and developmental delay.

He is unable to sit safely and comfortably in the car without significant support and has outgrown his standard car seat.

His mum Emily Heaton took to social media to appeal for help and advice on how best to combat his conditions when making journeys in the car.

Emily said: “Anthony needs a specialist car seat which will recline so his head can’t slump forward, affecting his airway.

“When I am driving I quite often have to pull over to push his head back, which isn’t good on longer trips. For instance, his hospital appointments are 10 and 50 miles away.

“Also, without the proper support he is in danger of developing further postural health issues.

“He doesn’t naturally sit on his bottom whilst he’s not in supportive seating, but on the bottom of his back – so I have to try to wedge him into place with a blanket.

“A specialist seat will not only have head and hip supports to keep him safe and comfortable, it will also have a swivel base to help get Anthony into the car more easily.”

The recline feature of the equipment will also mean Anthony will be better positioned to recover from any seizures.

With a specialist car seat for Anthony costing £2,027 and no funding available through statutory services, Emily posted her situation on the Facebook page of a disability support group – and she was advised to contact Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children.

Newlife is the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness.

Emily said: “When I found out how much the car seat would cost it was a bit of a jaw-dropping moment.

“I thought it would cost more than a standard car seat but I was staggered by how much more. So to have help from Newlife is brilliant.”

To find out more about how Newlife supports families in Lancashire, go to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/
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