Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Help Us Help Our Angel, Pleads Family of Charlie, 4

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Help Us Help Our Angel, Pleads Family of Charlie, 4

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter

A FUNDRAISING appeal has been launched for a Wallsend family who are trying to adapt their home for their disabled four-year-old daughter.

Brian and Emma Burridge need thousands of pounds to make changes to their three-bedroom home in Kelso Gardens so their daughter Charlie can have a better quality of life.

It is suspected that Charlie, a pupil at Beacon Hill School, may have cerebral palsy, although a diagnosis has not been made yet.

The youngster cannot walk or speak and suffers from a number of conditions including epilepsy, narcolepsy and cataplexy, which causes sudden and temporary loss of muscular control.

Her parents say they approached North Tyneside Council for funds to adapt their property and council bosses say they are working with the family.

The family have now decided to start carrying out the work themselves and, with the help of friends, have already knocked down a wall between the kitchen and dining room so that Charlie's wheelchair can get through.

They also hope to make other adaptations, including installing a through-floor lift and new patio doors to provide Charlie access to the garden. However, their cash is running out.

Brian, 42, who works with people who have physical and mental health problems, said: "We used to live in another house in Wallsend which was not suitable for adaptation. So we moved to our current address around six months ago. We bought it from Emma's parents, who have moved into another property.

"Our kitchen was quite small and we could not get Charlie's wheelchair in, so we knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining room. This has opened it all up and made space.

"We also hope to get a through-floor lift. Charlie's bedroom is on the first floor, so at the moment we carry her up and down the stairs. …

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