Help switch the power on for little Zoe

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A Sheffield mum is appealing for help in raising the money needed for a powered wheelchair for her four-year-old daughter.

Zoe Robinson, from Crookes, has Cerebral Palsy and has to be pushed in a manual wheelchair to get around – at home and at school.

Her concerned mum, Sarah Kettlewell, said a powered wheelchair would give her daughter more independence.

She has turned to the Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children – the UK’s largest charity funder of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illnesses, which has already supported 305 children in South Yorkshire with equipment totalling £278,256 over the years.

A wheelchair for Zoe would cost £6,218, with the charity now appealing for local people to help raise the cash for another local child.

Mum Sarah said: “Zoe has just started school and she wants to be like all the other children – she wants to be able to keep up with the friends she is making. But the social dynamics change completely when there is always a teacher or parent around to push the wheelchair.

“It has been a massive concern to me that she will be able to integrate academically and socially into the school because life can be very isolating for children like Zoe. A powered wheelchair will make a huge difference.”

Sarah added: “When she trialled the equipment the look of joy on Zoe’s face was wonderful to see.

“The fact that mummy was on the other side of the room and she was able to move where she wanted to go was a real boost for her.

“I began to realise how much potential a hi-tech wheelchair could unlock in Zoe.

“A powered wheelchair will not only help Zoe at home and at school but whenever we are out and about she is restricted by the types of surfaces her manual wheelchair can go on as well as how far we can go.

It’s sad to have to say to your child we can’t do this or go there – it just increases the segregation.”

Caroline Artschan, from Newlife, said: “Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of money raised will go directly to supply essential equipment for children with disabilities or a terminal illness.

“This will hopefully encourage more people to raise money for children in their local area and help to change young lives. The Newlife guarantee is possible because the charity operates a successful recycling and retail business which underwrites core costs and services.”

To donate visit New Life Charity and click on the ‘Donate Now’ button.

Third buggy push to help premature babies

A third annual buggy push around Rotherham Valley Country Parks is planned.

The 5K walk is to raise cash for sick and premature babies in the Jessop maternity wing in Sheffield.

Last year over 550 people attended, raising £24,000.

Gemma Fuller, from Halfway, Sheffield, who has two children – Riley and Evie – said: “Riley and Evie were born at 31 weeks via emergency Caesarean section.

“They stayed in Jessops for nearly eight weeks and during that time the care they received from everyone was phenomenal and meant so much to us.

“We will never be able to fully thank the staff for everything they did, but by raising some money, we can hopefully give something back so families continue to receive the great support that we had.”

The event on Sunday, May 22 will have a superhero theme, with all participants given a superhero cape to wear for the day.

Visit Jessops buggy Push or call 0114 271 1351 for more details.

Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s on Archer Road, Millhouses, Sheffield, has donated 1,600 nappies to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Jessops.

The unit specialises in treating premature and unwell babies, with around 700 admissions each year.

Fiona Cleary, Fundraising Assistant at Sheffield Hospitals Charity, which raises cash for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals , said: “We are delighted to be receiving this donation from supporters at Sainsbury’s.

“The nappies will be used by babies on the unit and will mean that precious resources can be focussed on other important areas to continue improving treatment and care.”

college donates £1,720 to hospital charity

Thomas Rotherham College in Rotherham has donated over £1,720.70 to The Children’s Hospital Charity in Sheffield.

Students and staff raised the cash with a series of events including bake sales, stationery pop-up stands, packing bags at local supermarkets, sponsored sports events, exchanging unwanted foreign currency and raffles. The college asked for the cash to support the hospital’s Becton Centre, which supports children and young adults with mental health issues and learning disabilities, offering intensive outreach treatment and inpatient services, as well as a 24 hour, seven-day-a-week psychiatric on-call service.

call for volunteers

Cancer charity Marie Curie is looking for volunteers to take part in fundraising collection days across Sheffield in November and December.

The charity funds specialist nurses to care for cancer patients at home.

Call 01274 386190 or visit Sign up to collect at Christmas to volunteer.