A Mildenhall teenager, who has a rare muscle weakening condition which has left him unable to walk, is launching a fundraising appeal.
Taylor Bewick, of Croft Place, is raising money for Caudwell Children, a charity which helps disabled youngsters and which is due to provide him with a specialist, powered wheelchair worth £29,193.
The 19 year old has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which only affects boys and decreases independent mobility, meaning he now requires a wheelchair for his day-to-day life.
Taylor said: “I am hoping to start a university course later this year and need a powerchair that will help me to function and maintain my stand ability on a daily basis.
“It will also give me my independence and mobility to keep up with my friends.”
He added: “The funds we raise will help me and other children like me.”
Trudi Beswick, chief executive of Caudwell Children, said: “This specialist piece of equipment, which is not available on the NHS, is crucial in helping Taylor and his family in their day-to-day life, but our funds are running low and, unless we get the support of the local community, donations like this will disappear.”
Taylor’s mother, Shanida, said: “This new wheelchair will be completely life-changing for Taylor.
“The functions mean he will be able to stand in the chair, which will help him stretch when he needs to and reach things on different levels.
“He has outgrown his current chair, which he has had for about five years and he’s grown quite a bit since then.
“He wouldn’t get this without the support of Caudwell Children – it would never be possible in a million years.”
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Taylor-B, text TALR91 to 70070, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.