Wisbech girl, six, receives specialist seat to keep her ‘upright and comfortable’ thanks to charity donations
PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:01 06 April 2018
A Wisbech girl has been given a much-needed piece of equipment to help with her epilepsy and development delay condition by a charity for disabled children and Marks & Spencer.
Evie Rust-Dilnot, six, cannot sit down unsupported due to her condition and needs a specialist seat, called a P Pod, to help keep her upright and comfortable.
After outgrowing her previous chair, which was given by her local health authority when she was just two-years-old, Evie was in need of a new one.
However with the special seat costing £4,384, her family were not able to afford one.
Newlife, a charity for disabled children, along with Marks & Spencer (M&S) Kings Lynn, has provided the family with the funds to buy Evie a new seat thanks to donations.
Rebecca, Evie’s mum, said: “Evie needs her P Pod. It is the only place where she can relax and be comfortable.
“If she has had a particularly bad seizure then it is the only place she wants to be, tucked in a blanket to keep her calm.
“Now she’s outgrown her previous chair - you don’t realise the value of something until you don’t have it anymore.”
M&S has worked with Newlife charity for the last 11 years, donating returned products to the charity to be resold or recycled.
The majority of the donated products are sold in the Newlife SuperStore in Staffordshire, and the charity recycles the remaining items, all to raise money for children with disabilities.
Tom Horwood, King’s Lynn M&S store manager, said: “My team and I are delighted to have been able to support Evie with her new chair, knowing that it will make every day more comfortable for her.
“Our partnership with Newlife helps provide much-needed specialist equipment for children in our communities.”
Sheila Brown OBE, chief executive of Newlife charity, added: “Our partnership with M&S benefits hundreds of children and their families.
“It is very encouraging to see the efforts of M&S in helping to improve the lives of disabled and terminally ill children within the local community and across the UK.
“Equipment that costs hundreds to several thousands of pounds really can transform lives.
“We are very grateful to everyone involved and would encourage other groups and individuals to keep fundraising to help us make a difference.”