Gorleston girl given car seat boost by store staff and charity

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A young girl with a mobility condition can now enjoy safe and comfortable journeys to hospital and clinic appointments thanks to the fundraising activities of Central England Co-operative staff and customers.

Amaya Leighton, two and who lives with her parents and four-year-old brother in Gorleston, has arthrogyposis which affects her mobility.

She is unable to walk or support her head, has dislocated hips and breathing difficulties which have resulted in a tracheostomy to help her breathe.

Amaya and her family are now celebrating after they were given a £2,796 car seat which has been provided by Newlife, the country's largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illnesses.

The car seat was given to the family thanks to the efforts of Central England Co-operative's charity fundraising drive.


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Newlife has been the staff-chosen charity for the co-operative chain since 2012 with staff and customers raising £1.5m for the organisation.

Amaya's mother, Samara Leighton, said: 'Amaya has no head control and can't sit upright.

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'The car seat we were using is for a much younger child so she had outgrown it but a larger standard model wouldn't have the right level of support to stop her head from flopping forwards.

'Also, because her hips are dislocated she can become very uncomfortable during journeys. we have always struggled keeping her comfy in the car.

'Amaya's occupational therapist told us about specialist equipment that is available to help with all of this, but there is no local statutory funding available; then the therapist mentioned Newlife.'

The news of the donation was welcomed by the manager of the Bradwell store.

Chris Frary, store manager, said: 'Central England Co-operative takes fundraising to help local communities very seriously, and we are committed to making a positive impact in the local areas in which we trade.

'Working with Newlife has provided a great opportunity for us to help make life easier for youngsters like Amaya.'

Newlife provides equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness through a range of services.

For information click here www.newlifecharity.co.uk

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