Teenager is given a wheelchair by charity

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes, second right, and Minister of State for Schools The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, centre, with representatives from Portchester Community School  and Henry Cort Community College

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A TEENAGER was given a much-needed boost when a property developer and a charity bought him a wheelchair.

Crest Nicholson teamed up with Variety, a charity that works to improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children, to give 16-year-old Callum Palmer, from Fareham, the wheelchair.

Callum has spina bifida, which greatly affects his mobility and he had been using an NHS wheelchair for five years, which was bulky and difficult to manoeuvre.

The Portchester Community College student was presented with his own custom-built lightweight chair at the Centenary Quay development in Southampton.

Debbie Aplin, managing director of Crest Nicholson Regeneration, said: ‘It was a privilege to be able to assist Callum by providing a new state-of-the-art lightweight wheelchair, which has been made to his very own personal specifications.

‘Callum is a strongly motivated young man determined to succeed despite the many challenges he faces every day.’

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