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Disabled Winnington teenager hoping for an independent life
Teenagers from across Cheshire took part in a programme in Northwich to raise funds for children's disability charity Newlife Foundation.
A GROUP of kind-hearted teenagers have been raising awareness of the difficulties faced by wheelchair users, while raising money for their disabled friend in the process.
Winnington teenager Laura Hunt lost the ability to walk give years ago due to a rare disorder called Spastic Paraperesis.
Since then, the 17-year-old has had to rely on other people to push her around in a heavy wheelchair supplied by statutory services.
The Hebden Green School pupil longs to regain her independence, with a lightweight manual wheelchair the tool she needs to be able to propel herself around on her own.
Laura’s mum Dawn spoke to the Guardian last month during an appeal for ‘local heroes’ to help raise funds for the much-needed chair, which costs £2,801.
She said: “A new wheelchair will boost Laura’s confidence and her ability to socialise.
“She knows she is different but at the moment she feels awkward and self-conscious, having to rely on others for mobility.
“She has had the opportunity to trial a lightweight wheelchair and she loved the fact that it was extremely easy to propel.”
On Wednesday, 13 teenagers from across Cheshire joined forces to take part in an NCS-led programme to raise funds for leading children’s disability charity, Newlife Foundation.
The team, made up of 16 and 17-year-olds Emily Hitchin, Luke Mullock, Shannon Cruse, Bradley Taylor, Lauren Hawkins, Annalee Jones, Emily Moreton, Emma Price, Harry Taylor, Lindsey Worthington, Josh Wheeler, Robbie Broomhall and Jenny Wilson were joined by Helena Pinnock, of charity Catch 22, Kirsty Worthington – Laura’s one-to-one – and Laura herself as they wheeled around Northwich town centre completing a number of challenges.
“We have to go into McDonalds to get a drink, go into the bank to get money and then go up to the library, try to get up all of the ramps and basically just complete tasks to see how easy or difficult it is for wheelchair users like Laura to get around and do everyday things,” said Emily ahead of Wednesday’s event.
As well as completing tasks, the teenagers were also selling raffle tickets and collecting as much money as possible for the worthwhile cause.
“Whatever we raise goes to Newlife towards providing Laura with her wheelchair,” explained group leader Helena Pinnock.
So far the team, who call themselves Team Yo-Yo, has raised £251.66 and with their JustGiving page still open for another three months, they are hoping to raise even more.
If you would like to donate towards Laura’s wheelchair, visit justgiving.com/team-yo-yo
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