New fund can help disabled girl get updated equipment

Lucy Gudgeon
Lucy Gudgeon
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The mother of a disabled teenager is urging people to donate to a new fund so her daughter can sit comfortably with her family.

Lucy Gudgeon, from Portsmouth, has a condition that impacts on her physical and learning ability and also has epilepsy.

Due to her reduced muscle strength Lucy cannot walk unaided and is at risk of further curvature to her spine.

The 14-year-old cannot sit on the sofa and now that she weighs nine stones, she cannot be moved from room to room and is unable to join the rest of her family.

The only other place Lucy can be comfortable is on her bed.

She does have an excellent P-Pod seat she can relax on in comfort but it is not manoeuvrable.

So now her mum Kay is asking the public for help in funding a £580 wheel base for the special seat so she can sit comfortably in different rooms with her family.

Kay could not get a grant for the purchase so the family turned to Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children for help.

She said: ‘The P-Pod is a comfortable place for Lucy to sit, but we cannot move Lucy from room to room now she has grown.

‘She wants to be with the family, but she is restricted. She can walk from the bedroom to the front room with the adaptions that we have made, but she has to stay there or return to bed.

‘It will be good for Lucy and the family that she can move around without fear of further damage to her spine.’

That’s why Newlife – the largest charity funder of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness in the UK – recently launched the Newlife Hampshire Fund.

The fund will support equipment provision for under-19s facing any significant disability, whether acquired through birth defect, prematurity, accident or illness.

It is an opportunity for people to help disabled children and every penny donated or fundraised is guaranteed to support families in the county.

Visit newlifecharity.co.uk/hampshire for more information.