9 November 2015

New wheels for Thomas with help from Ross law firm

A £1,000 donation from Ross law firm Harrison Clark Shawcross means that Thomas Harrhy from Ross has raised enough money to buy a new wheelchair to meet his changing needs.

Thomas, aged 12, who has cerebral palsy, spastic diplegia and a learning delay, uses a manual NHS wheelchair at the moment, but as he grows up, that chair is not suitable for him any longer and no replacement is in sight.

Because his legs and his hands are affected by his cerebral palsy, the £6,600 wheelchair he has chosen to take him into his teenage years also has an electric hand cycle attachment, which converts the manual chair into a battery-powered trike. The donation from the firm’s own charitable trust has brought the family’s fundraising total above their target.

His father Dave explained: “The extra power will mean that Thomas can get around Ross under his own power, rather than having to be pushed, as he is now; the slopes in Ross are too steep for him to manage on his own. It also means that he can come with us when we all cycle in the Forest of Dean.

“The Trust’s donation is amazing – with the pledge, we have reached and exceeded our original fund-raising goal and we can now get the wheelchair  and trike combinations as well as supporting Thomas with extra items including spare wheels and other mobility equipment. We have had such a great response from everyone – people have been really generous.”

Dave and his wife Alison are keen that Thomas should be able to take part in everything he can, including the outdoor activities which he and his family love. His activities will be limited early next year by two major operations, but they are delighted that the new chair will be something to look forward to as he recovers.

Heath Thomas, head of Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Ross office, said: “I am so pleased that we could help Thomas to achieve his goal – I look forward to seeing him whizzing around Ross in the future in his new chair!”

Mathew Waddington, chair of the Trust, said: “We makes donation across the Three Counties and it is marvellous to see what a difference they can make to people’s lives. I’m sure that Thomas will enjoy his new freedoms and we wish him and his family very well for the future.”

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