Mum asks community to help son

The mother of a 10-year-old boy who is to receive a powered wheelchair is calling on people to support the charity behind the donation.

Laura Elliot says her son Samuel’s life will be transformed when he receives an Etac Balder powered wheelchair, worth more than £18,000, from Caudwell Children.

But the charity, based in Stoke-on-Trent, needs to raise more funds to continue providing such equipment to other children.

Samuel, from Shoreham-by-Sea, in West Sussex, needs the chair because he has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare muscle weakening condition which only affects boys and decreases independent mobility. It means Samuel requires a wheelchair for his day-to-day life.

The Etac Balder will allow Brighton and Hove Albion fan Samuel to raise and lower his seating height depending on what setting he is in or activity he is doing.

His mum Laura said: “Having the powerchair will be life-changing for Samuel.

“The chair’s functions will help Samuel socially at school because he will be able to join in more and when he is out and about can come up to the same levels as others so he doesn’t feel so inferior.

“Going to see the football is a big thing for him and the equipment will make this so much more enjoyable for him.”

The family are now backing an appeal by Caudwell Children for people to hold fundraising events.

Trudi Beswick, chief executive of Caudwell Children, said: “This specialist piece of equipment, which is not available on the NHS, is crucial in helping Samuel and his family in their day-to-day life, but our funds are running low and unless we get the support of the local community donations like this will disappear.

“We are appealing for kind-hearted members of the public who may be able to fundraise or donate to Caudwell Children and help local families like Samuel’s.

“We are anxious to get as much support as possible from the local community, no matter how big or small, so equipment like this can be made available for other children.”

To donate to the appeal, visit, or to stage an event, call Tiffany Sadler at Caudwell Children on 07812 988323.