A LITTLE Retford girl has a new specialist car seat thanks to a partnership between a charity and a retail giant.
Charlotte Bower has left-sided brain damage after she had pneumococcal meningitis when she was just four weeks old.
The three-year-old’s condition means that she has weakness on the right side of her body which allows her to roll but not sit, crawl, stand or walk.
Now she has been given a specialist car seat by Marks & Spencer and leading children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation.
The specialist car seat will ensure that Charlotte’s postural needs are met to enable her to be seated safely and comfortably whilst travelling in the car. The rotating base of the seat will also make it easier for Charlotte’s carers to move her in and out of the car.
“We really appreciate the new car seat. It has made a big difference; it is a fundamental piece of equipment when you consider that just about everywhere we go is by car, including to hospital appointments and the nursery that Charlotte attends,” said Charlotte’s mum Bridget.
“From a posture and comfort point of view Charlotte looks more content than in a generic car seat. It offers her added support and she is quite happy in it.”
M&S has worked in partnership with the Newlife charity for the last six years to recycle returned products – in keeping with its commitment to send no operational waste to landfill by 2012 as part of Plan A, its eco and ethical programme.
Newlife sells half of the donated products in the Newlife Superstore in Cannock and recycles the remaining items. The partnership helps to fund over 130 pieces of essential equipment for disabled children each year.
“We’re delighted to present the equipment to Charlotte. Our partnership with Newlife is not only great for the environment, as it means no waste goes to landfill, but it also helps to improve the lives of disabled children by providing much-needed specialist equipment,” said M&S Worksop store manager Hamish Ross.
Sheila Brown OBE, chief executive of Newlife Foundation, said: “This is a fantastic partnership between Newlife and M&S which benefits hundreds of disabled children.”
“It is very encouraging to see the efforts of M&S in improving the lives of disabled children within this local community and across the UK.”
“We are very grateful to everyone involved, and would encourage other groups and individuals to keep fundraising to help other disabled children across the country.”