PETERHEAD youngster Jake Buchan has finally got his hands on a new wheelchair after months of fundraising.
Jake (12), suffers from quadriplegic cerebral palsy, a condition that affects all his limbs and means that he has no independent movement and is reliant on a wheelchair at all times,.
His 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.
Cindy and Mark approached Newlife Foundation for help to fund the chair and, following an appeal, the £3,223 needed was raised thanks to a variety of local fundraising activities, largely organised by family friend Sarah Butler and her daughter, Shirly Dyson.
Sarah undertook a sponsored slim while Shirly ran the Peterhead Half Marathon and the rest was made up of donations from members of the public.
Sarah said: “We know Jake as he is our best friend’s grandchild, and when my daughter and I read about the appeal we just had to help.
“Shirly wanted to run the Peterhead half marathon to raise money. 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 work colleagues and local people in Peterhead, Aberdeen and the surrounding areas.
“We have been able to raise money for Jake’s appeal and in the process I have lost extra pounds and Shirly is sustaining her fitness regime!”
Mum Cindy added: “We appreciate all that has been done to raise the funds needed for Jake’s wheelchair and would like to thank Newlife and everyone involved.
“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.”
Newlife Foundation is working hard to help others like Jake, however the charity is experiencing hugely increased demands on its resources so is now appealing to the public to support them.
Newlife CEO Sheila Brown, OBE, said: “Calls to Newlife’s Nurse Helpline – 0800 902 0095 - have shot up a massive 104% compared to this time last year.
“If anyone thinks they would like to fundraise, we’d ask them to contact our community fundraising team who can offer support and guidance on freephone 0800 988 4640.”
Newlife guarantees that 100 percent of gifts and donations will go directly towards providing specialist equipment for children in need.