Wheelchair cash to help Harrison

harrison richards wheelchair cheque presentation
harrison richards wheelchair cheque presentation

MONEY donated by the Ilkeston Lions group means a seven-year-old Ilkeston boy can order a new wheelchair, making him more independent.

Harrison Richardson, who has cerebal palsy, was handed a cheque for £500 by the group after his dad told them his story.

His mum, Vanessa, told the Advertiser: “When Harrison was born we realised he wasn’t developing as he should be, doctors did some tests and we found out that he had cerebal palsy.

“Harrison can’t walk and we don’t know if he ever will. His speech is also affected.

“It is hard for him but he is at mainstream school and does really well.”

Harrison regularly has physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

The Charlotte Infant and Nursery school pupil has a two-and-a- half-year-old sister, Yasmin.

The family have rallied round to raise the £2,000 needed to pay for the new wheelchair.

Vanessa said: “The new wheelchair will be more lightweight and has so many little features that will make all the difference.

“It will mean that Harrison can be more independent and it will make life so much easier for him.

Lions president, Sue Birch, added: “We are very pleased to have been able to help Harrison with his new chair and hope he gets a lot of use out of it in the future.

“This is the kind of deserving cause the Ilkeston Lions are only too pleased to help by giving to the local community.”