A 24-YEAR-OLD now has the freedom to move around independently thanks to a generous donation.
Adam Morton was diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraplegia when he was 17 and finds it difficult to move around or walk for long distances.
His illness causes weakness and stiffness of the leg muscles and worsens over time. Adam’s sister Sophie used to push him around in a wheelchair and he depended on her to get to places.
But thanks to a generous donation by Roy Draper, Adam now has a brand new mobility scooter.
Roy, from Buckland, said: ‘My son Anthony died last year and in his estate there was some money.
‘He worked as a care worker and I thought it would be nice to spend the money helping someone. I didn’t want to donate to a big, national charity but to an individual who would benefit.
‘So I looked around, heard about Kids and they recommended Adam.’
Kids, in Fareham, is a centre for children and young people with disabilities.
Adam volunteered there and was well-known to the staff so when Roy called, Adam was the first person they thought of.
Aisia Howard, a play and leisure service co-ordinator, said: ‘We heard that somebody wanted to help someone at the centre who needed a mobility scooter or something similar.
‘It was such a massive gesture and I immediately thought of Adam. Having worked alongside him and seen how difficult it was for him to get around, I thought he deserved it.’
Adam went with Roy and Kitty, from the centre, to pick his new scooter and he loves it.
Adam, from Titchfield, said: ‘I’m really grateful to Roy for everything he has done.
‘I’m so pleased because it means I can have more independence and I don’t have to rely on my sister so much.
‘I can get to and from college and to the centre a lot easier.
‘It is definitely a lot better than the old, manual wheelchair I used to have.’
And for Roy, it was the right decision choosing Adam.
He added: ‘I know my son would be happy with the way I spent his money because he loved his job helping others.’