Big push to help Ben communicate

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A CALL for people to back an appeal to help a boy who cannot talk to communicate has been launched.

Members of the RAOB Dolben Lodge Buffs in Finedon will be holding The Big Push to raise funds for the family of Ben Talbot, 13, for communication equipment.

Ben, who has global development delay, is unable to walk or speak due to his undiagnosed condition.

The Buffs are appealing to anyone to visit the green on Saturday and Sunday, off High Street, Finedon, from 7am to 7pm, to complete laps pushing a wheelchair.

David Horn, assistant secretary of the club, said the target was to complete 2,420 laps of the quarter-of-a-mile circuit to total 605 miles – the distance between Land’s End and John O’Groats.

Mr Horn said: “We are totally reliant on people coming along on the day. We’ll have 25 to 30 wheelchairs standing by. Even if you can only do one lap and throw a few quid in a bucket that would be really appreciated.”

Ben, a pupil at Wren Spinney School, and his parents, Paul and Karen, plan to be in attendance throughout the days to support the pushers, which are expected to include police and fire service staff from the county and Scouts and Guides.

Mr Talbot, 45, of Obelisk Road, Finedon, said: “We’re overwhelmed. We are usually supported by a small group of family.

“One of the things we are looking at is an iPad because Ben has started using one at school and for him to use something like that will be absolutely fantastic for communicating with everyone.”

For details see Ben’s website www.helpbenfund.co.uk.