Appeal for specialist equipment to help youngster

The family of a boy living with cerebral palsy have appealed for help to fund a specially-adapted seat which could make a massive difference to his daily life.

Three-year-old Jackson Craddock, from Luton, is one of thousands of Britons living with the movement disorder.

The condition means that he is unable to walk, feed or dress himself and for extended periods he has to lie on the floor.

A special moulded chair, dubbed the P-Pod, would be hugely beneficial, but the price tag of £917 means that the item is out of his mum Helen’s budget.

Speaking to the Bedfordshire News, she said: “If I’m not cradling Jackson in my arms then he has a rug on the floor as I have nothing else for him to sit in – which doesn’t feel right – but if I put him on the sofa he would roll off and he wouldn’t even be able to put his hands out to save himself.

“It takes both my arms to hold Jackson now as he is getting so big and lifting him from the floor so much has given me a bad back.

“Jackson was able to trial a P-Pod recently to make sure it was the right seat for him and he really enjoyed it. Because of the support it offers he was even able to use his hands to play – so he was not happy when it went away.”

Helen has turned to Newlife, a charity for disabled children, for help to get the life-changing piece of equipment. The organisation is now fundraising for the youngster.

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