Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nathan Is Looking to Stand Tall with Help; Specialised Equipment Would Give Him New Lease of Life

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nathan Is Looking to Stand Tall with Help; Specialised Equipment Would Give Him New Lease of Life

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SMILEY Nathan Howell could be on his way to a more mobile life with the help of readers.

The 10-year-old, from Newcastle, suffers a range of illnesses and disabilities that prevent him from being able to move around easily unaided.

But with the help and support of readers, it is hoped all that could change for the Percy Hedley pupil.

Fund's Go Bananas appeal where we are asking people to join our mission to raise PS20,000 so much-needed grants can be handed out to disabled youngsters like Nathan.

If the money is raised then a grant of around PS2,000 will be given to Nathan's family so they can buy a specialised standing frame and tray.

The youngster has recently had an operation which means he sits quite a lot, but this equipment will enable his muscles to be stretched and will help get him moving and become more independent.

Jo Hunt, occupational therapist at the Percy Hedley Foundation, said: "Nathan would benefit tremendously from equipment which will assist him to maintain a standing position due to his current difficulties completing this task unaided.

"When used, this equipment will help him to achieve a supported standing position to facilitate a different perspective on activities and encourage more involvement in these while gaining benefits by developing bone density, muscle strength, improved circulatory systems and opportunities to develop fine motor skills. He would also develop independence through the ability to mobilise within this standing frame therefore standing would no longer remain a barrier to completion of everyday activities, but empower him to be as proactive as possible to improve his overall quality of life."

Caroll Pattison, Sunshine Fund director, added: "It was lovely to meet Nathan, he is such a smiley character and was happy to show us how he manages to get around in his wheelchair, although it isn't easy. …

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