Cerebral Palsy twin needs special buggy

A specialist buggy will mean more fun days out for three-year-old twins Henry and Jasper Campbell from Sandy.

The boys were born nine weeks early. Although Jasper has a heart and lung condition, it is Henry’s health needs that have made the biggest impact on family life.

Henry has Cerebral Palsy, a visual impairment and has failed to meet many of his developmental milestones.

He has no independent mobility and needs specialist equipment support for most daily activities.

Henry’s parents would like to get the boys out and about as much as possible, but this is becoming increasingly difficult because the buggy provided by local statutory services for Henry doesn’t meet his needs and he becomes distressed because he is uncomfortable.

A specialist buggy costing £3,395 will meet all Henry’s health needs – and statutory services have offered the family £763 towards the cost.

This has prompted the Campbells to turn to leading UK children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation for help.

Henry’s mum Andrea said: “The buggy that will best suit Henry’s needs has lots of extra support to keep him supported and therefore more comfortable and will help prevent further curvature of his spine.

“The seating rotates so that if he has a seizure we can turn Henry to face us so we can monitor his condition and the buggy reclines flat so we can change him more easily.”

If you would like to donate or raise money to help fund the hi-tech buggy for Henry, the Newlife Community Fund Raising Team can be contacted on 0800 988 4640 (free from UK landlines).

Any individual or organisation thinking of running a fund raising event is asked to contact the team, who can offer support and guidance.