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Rugeley cerebral palsy sufferer gets vital help to buy special chair

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

Rugeley cerebral palsy sufferer gets vital help to buy special chair

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A RUGELEY teenager will soon be sitting in comfort with her family thanks to generous fund-raisers.

Sophie Siddall, 14, who lives in Brereton, has cerebral palsy and is unable to sit, stand or walk without support.

She has a specially moulded wheelchair which supports her posture but is desperately in need of a comfortable chair to relax in at home.

Her mum Aimee has applied for a specialist chair but has been told there is an 18-month waiting list.

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Instead she turned to children’s charity the Newlife Foundation in Cannock for help. The charity has a partnership with the Central England Co-operative and raise cash for specialist disability equipment. The organisations have pulled in £2,829 for the chair for Sophie and it is set to be delivered in the next few weeks.

Miss Siddall said: “The new chair is going to make a massive difference. Sophie cannot stay in her wheelchair all day so initially the only option was for us to all go into her bedroom which has sensory equipment and a specialist bed.

“The lights and music help her to relax and have some relief as she suffers chronic pain and is on a vast amount of pain relief.

“But Sophie is an avid music fan and all she wants to do is to be able to watch music channels in the living room. She needs a comfortable chair to sit and watch them as she will sing along for hours to forget about her pain.

“It would also be great for us as family to be able to spend quality time together and watch soaps which we all enjoy. We tried using an air bed which did help but it tips to the side and Sophie was arching her back which wasn't ideal. The chair is going to be a life line and give us quality time together.”

“It really is very expensive. Many families like us do not get the help they need from local authorities so we cannot afford to buy equipment that costs almost £3,000. We already have so many other specialist items we need to buy. We are reliant on charities like Newlife Foundation and fundraisers at Central England Co-operative for help.”

Karen Brain, manager of the Central England Co-operative store in Peartree Centre, Rugeley, added: “We are delighted to have been able to help Sophie and her family in this way.”

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