The public are being urged to help a five-year-old boy from Alford who desperately needs a new car seat to help him get around safe and sound.
Oscar Biglands has spina bifida which mean he cannot stand or walk on his own.
He is paralysed from the knees down. He has hip dysplasia and wears splints 24 hours a day.
His parents say he desperately needs a specialist car seat to support him so he can travel in the car safely and in comfort and to prevent injury when moving him in and out of the car.
Caudwell Children, a national charity that provides practical and emotional support both locally and across the UK to disabled children and their families, is appealing to raise the £2,000 needed for Oscar’s chair and to raise funds for other children like him.
Oscar’s mum Emma said specialist equipment can prove too expensive for many families in the same position. She said: “We try to buy everything for Oscar’s needs ourselves but the price of the specialist car seat that would benefit Oscar in a huge way is so overwhelming. We do not have that amount of money.”
Stacey Smalley, the charity’s community and appeals fundraiser, said: “Caudwell Children, together with Oscar’s family, are asking the public to support Oscar’s Appeal and help to improve his life, and others like him. There are many ways in which the public can help and Caudwell Children are urging them to fundraise, host a cake sale, play a sponsored football match or maybe have a ‘Dress Down Day’ in the workplace.
“Car seats give families the freedom we often take for granted.
“This one piece of equipment enables families to travel further and see new things, so it is vital to their wellbeing. The car seat will also be beneficial to Oscar’s posture.
“His condition means he is at risk of developing a curvature of the spine, so the postural support of the car seat will help prevent this.”
Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/OscarB.
If you would like more information about Oscar’s Appeal or how you can fundraise contact Stacey Smalley, community appeals fundraiser on 07812 988905 or email email@example.com.
For more information about Caudwell Children call 0845 300 1348 or visit www.caudwellchildren.com.