PETERHEAD lad Jake Buchan, has just received the best present he could ask for in the form of a new lightweight wheelchair.
Jake’s previous wheelchair was too heavy for him to self propel and his parents, Cindy and Mark, have suffered health problems as a result of it being so difficult to push.
Jake (12), has Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, a condition that affects all his limbs and means that he has no independent movement and is reliant on a wheelchair for all his mobility needs.
Cindy and Mark approached Newlife Foundation for help to fund the chair and, following an appeal, the £3,223 needed was raised by a variety of local fundraising activities, largely organised by family friend Sarah Butler and her daughter, Shirly Dyson.
Sarah works at Wood Group PSN (WGPSN) in Aberdeen, which donated £250 from its Employee Charity Fund and her associate John Bonner raised a further £370.
Sarah organised and took part in a sponsored slim raising £539.50 (including an additional £200 from WGPSN) and Shirly ran the Peterhead Half Marathon raising £1,039.
Betty Campbell, who runs charity quizzes at the Stuartfield (Crichie) Inn, raised £250 and the rest was made up of donations from members of the public and £325 from Cindy Buchan.
Sarah said: “When my daughter and I read about the appeal we just had to help. Shirly wanted to run the half marathon to raise money and Talisman of Peterhead kindly donated £100 towards it.
“I decided to lose weight and do a sponsored slim and I also became a part-time ambassador for Newlife and raised more money by selling donated costume jewellery – this has meant we have been able to help another local child in need.
“We were absolutely delighted with all the donated support we were given and the kind generosity of WGPSN Ltd, Talisman, work colleagues and local Buchan folk.”
Mum Cindy added: “Jake is absolutely loving his new wheelchair and he can push himself so fast now! He is a lot happier and it is making a huge, huge difference to Jake and us.”
Jake will receive his new wheelchair at an official presentation on Friday.
Newlife Foundation is working hard to help others like Jake, and is now appealing to the pulic to support them in raising funds.
If anyone can help contact the community fundraising team on freephone 0800 988 4640.”