A little boy who needs a wheelchair to help him get around is at the centre of a public plea to get him walking again.
Nine-year-old Noah Gee, who has cerebral palsy, outgrew his walker - his only opportunity for independence - six months ago. A new specialist walker will cost £2,974 and is out of his family’s budget.
Noah, who lives in Lindfield with mum Paul, dad David and sister Darcy, has limited mobility and is in a wheelchair most of the time while at home and at Chailey Heritage School.
However, he is able to use a walking aid for short periods of time – and he loves it.
Now Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children has taken up Noah’s cause and is looking for local heroes in West Sussex to help provide Noah with a new walker so he can regain his independence and carry on doing what he enjoys most – dancing.
Mum Paula said: “Noah gets bored very easily as he can’t do anything independently.
“When he used to use his old walker at home and school he had a feeling of independence – this is the only time he gets to choose where he can go and what he can do.
“Since he has stopped using the walker I have watched him lose his independence again, he’s in tears a lot of the time and is very frustrated now.”
She added: “A new walker will add independence back into his life – Noah loves to dance and although he can’t move his legs properly he can shuffle his feet.
“To other children that may not be a big deal but it means everything to Noah. He wouldn’t be bored just sitting in his wheelchair and would be able to move around the house freely again.”
Apart from the fundraising for the walker, Noah’s family are also trying to raise £75,000 to adapt their Lindfield home which needs a lift, widened doorways to accommodate Noah’s wheelchair, a bedroom extension and new bathroom.
Noah is just one of seven children in the county who need equipment totalling £8,492. That’s why Newlife has a dedicated West Sussex Fund – www.newlifecharity.co.uk/West Sussex which gives local people the opportunity to help local disabled children. Every penny donated or fundraised in West Sussex is guaranteed to support families in the county.
To specifically support Noah, go to the Newlife website and click on the Donate button beside his story.
To help with fundraising for adaptations to Noah’s home go to www.justgiving.com/a-room-for-Noah