YOUNG Conor O’Donovan is reaping the benefits of a specialist stair climber - funded entirely by kind-hearted Silhillians.
The seven-year-old, who has Diplegic Cerebal Palsy, was featured in the Solihull News in December. A full-time wheelchair user, the little boy relies on his parents to get around.
The condition - which causes stiffness and weakness in Conor’s muscles - makes it difficult for him to visit his friends.
Conor’s family were in need of a stair climber, because his mum and dad were finding it increasingly difficult to carry him upstairs - the youngster is big for his age.
Children’s charity the Newlife Foundation launched a campaign and wanted to raise enough money to buy the valuable equipment. Thanks to the generosity of local people, the charity reached its target and the climber has now arrived at the O’Donovan household.
Shirley Round Table, the Day Trippers Scooter Club and Solihull News readers are among those to donated money.
Sheila Brown, Newlife’s chief executive, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and very encouraging to see the efforts of groups and individuals improving the lives of disabled children within the local community.
“We are very grateful to everyone involved, and would encourage other groups and individuals to keep fund raising for other disabled children in the Birmingham area.”
Any money left over from the appeal will go to other local children who need medical equipment.
If you want to know more about the Newlife Foundation call Jayne Sullivan on 07973 473268 or visit www.newlifecharity.co.uk.