‘It is going to make a tremendous difference to us’: mum’s joy over buggy donation

From left trustee Andy Jaques, Nathan Griffen, Paige Norman, James Barber, Lincoln, hotel sous-chef

From left trustee Andy Jaques, Nathan Griffen, Paige Norman, James Barber, Lincoln, hotel sous-chef Mark Waldock, Beverley Lambert. - Credit: Stephen Pullinger

Life has been an uphill battle for Lincoln Griffen since he started having seizures at the age of four months.

The 18-month-old is living with a rare combination of conditions that has left him with global development delay.

While his epilepsy has been brought under control, Lincoln still cannot sit or stand unaided and has difficulty swallowing.

But now, thanks to a Suffolk charity, his mobility has been helped by a specialist Shuttle Discovery pushchair.

Parents Paige Norman, 21, and Nathan Griffen, 27, of Suffolk Road, Southtown, Great Yarmouth, took Lincoln to Aldeburgh on Sunday for the presentation of the buggy.

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James Barber, patron of Over the Rainbow Children's Charity, handed over the pushchair, costing more than £2,000, at the White Lion Hotel where he is the head chef.

Miss Norman, who works as a support worker at a learning disability home, said: 'Lincoln loves his buggy and it is going to make a tremendous difference to us.

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'Wheelchair services don't fund children under three so without this we would have to carry Lincoln around. With him being very tall and heavy it would have limited his outings to when his dad is around to carry him.

'Lincoln struggles with a standard buggy because it does not give him the trunk support he needs.'

She said the buggy also enabled him to face the parent allowing them to keep an eye on any seizure activity.

Mr Griffen, a web designer, thanked everyone involved.

Lincoln is the sixth child to be helped by Over the Rainbow since it was launched 18 months ago by recruitment manager Beverley Lambert, of Alderton near Woodbridge.

The charity, which provides specialist equipment for children that the NHS would not ordinarily fund, has grown to the stage where it has just bought a new van to support its fundraising events.

Mrs Lambert set up the charity after she learned of a family in Lowestoft who were struggling to fundraise for their daughter's 'Magic Carpet'.

Money is raised through various events that are organised by the trustees, such as vintage afternoon teas, dinner dances, and street collections.

The charity also relies on public donations.

'We would always love to hear from anyone able to support us through a charity fundraiser, whether it is running a marathon or hosting an event,' Mrs Lambert said.

The charity is also looking for more volunteers and youth ambassadors aged 16 to 25. Visit www.facebook.com/overtherainbowchildrenscharity

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