Rushden nursery pupil benefits from special needs pushchair

Lions Club Chairman Geoff Hollis and his wife Marian presenting the special educational needs pushchair to Rachael, Mike and Oliver Wearn and Anna Hobbs from Rushden Day Nursery. NNL-150429-125716001
Lions Club Chairman Geoff Hollis and his wife Marian presenting the special educational needs pushchair to Rachael, Mike and Oliver Wearn and Anna Hobbs from Rushden Day Nursery. NNL-150429-125716001
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A four year old is enjoying a new special needs pushchair after a Rushden charity stepped in to fund it.

Rushden Day Nursery successfully raised funds from a local charity for the special educational needs pushchair for four year old Oliver Wearn who attends the nursery.

Oliver struggles with his personal, social, emotional and physical development, and is unable to initiate communication with his peers and adults – often resulting in difficulties with behaviour and his safety.

Oliver has been diagnosed with special educational needs and has been having regular consultations with a multidisciplinary team of experts who are addressing his various needs.

A spokesman for the nursery said: “Having a special needs pushchair for Oliver will make a big difference to his quality of life.

“In the past it has been difficult for Oliver’s family to go out and spend time together. Knowing that Oliver can now be safely transported once he is tired and unable carry on any further will ensure that they can access new places and spend time as a family without worrying about Oliver’s fatigue and safety.”

Anna Hobbs, Rushden Day Nursery’s special educational needs early years practitioner, approached The Lions Club in Rushden to ask if it was able to help fund a Maclaren Major Elite pushchair for Oliver. The club said they were more than happy to help and bought the £298 pushchair outright.

Lions Club chairman Geoff Hollis went to present the pushchair to the Wearns on April 24 at Rushden Day Nursery.