Child with muscular dystrophy tackles fundraising challenge to help fellow sufferer

An eight-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy is taking on a fundraising challenge in a bid to send a motorised wheelchair he no longer uses to an overseas friend – who suffers from the same condition.

Oscar Moulding, Swindon, is campaigning to raise more than £800 in order to ship the wheelchair to Bosnia – the home country of his friend, Sophija.

The young boy, who became friends with Sophija and her family through a Facebook group set up to support children with muscular deficiencies and their families, has set up a JustGiving page called Sophie’s Wheels – and is calling upon members of the public to donate.

Alongside mother, Alexandra, Oscar hopes to raise enough money to take the wheelchair to Bristol, to be serviced by its creators – and then shipped to Bosnia after refurbishment.

Alexandra, 40, said: “He has a spare wheelchair, which seems quite greedy, and we have been in touch with this family for years.

“Oscar and Sophija are the same age and he understands what it is like.

“The idea has been on the table for a while and, now it’s happening, Sophija is very excited.

“We are so lucky to have everything here provided for us. Oscar is so fantastic and very sunny natured – he’s a magic boy.”

Oscar himself has said that he believes “Sophija will be very happy when she gets it”.

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