Charity helps out Sheffield toddler Evie

Evie-Mae O'Grady-Askwith, three, has a genetic condition which causes seizures.
Evie-Mae O'Grady-Askwith, three, has a genetic condition which causes seizures.

A toddler who suffers from frequent seizures can travel in safety to hospital after a charity paid for new equipment.

Evie-Mae O’Grady-Askwith has a genetic condition – a deletion of chromosome 2 – which also causes a movement disorder and curvature of the spine.

Doctor and hospital appointments are a part of everyday life for the three-year-old and her family – but transport in a standard child car seat was becoming more difficult.

But they could not cover the cost of a £2,468 specialist chair until charity Newlife Foundation stepped in to help.

Evie-Mae’s mum Keeley, of Sheffield, said: “We needed specialist equipment for Evie-Mae so she can travel in comfort and – most importantly – be properly positioned and secure.

“I couldn’t believe how much it would be and we knew we wouldn’t be able to afford it ourselves.”

“Newlife has already provided us with disability seating so Evie-Mae can sit in comfort and relax at home, so we gave the charity’s nurse helpline a call.

“The new chair is brilliant and will be a massive boost for Evie-Mae.

“Its turntable base will also make transferring her into and out of the car so much easier for us.”

Newlife has funded 167 pieces of specialist equipment, totalling £188,813, for disabled and terminally ill children across South Yorkshire.

And it has received a surge in applications for items such as wheelchairs and walkers because of statutory cutbacks.

Now volunteers are appealing for people to fundraise or donate towards the cost of equipment for children in their area.

n Contact the Newlife Community Fundraising Team on 0800 988 4640.