Corby mum backs appeal to help children with specialist needs

Mia and Cory Blakey-Tew, who suffer from a rare genetic condition
Mia and Cory Blakey-Tew, who suffer from a rare genetic condition

A Corby mum is backing a new appeal to provide specialist equipment for youngsters with disabilities in the county.

Leanne Blakey-Tew has seen first-hand what a difference the Newlife Foundation can make and is urging people to help change the lives of other children.

There are currently four children with disabilities or a terminal illness in Northamptonshire who need help to get specialist equipment.

So the charity is launching the Newlife Northamptonshire Fund to help disabled children with every penny raised in the county guaranteed to support local families.

Special disability equipment including wheelchairs, walkers, beds, seating and communication aids can help give children independence, keep them safe, relieve pain and overcome challenges.

The equipment could help a child be discharged from hospital, take their first steps or kick a football with friends.

Leanne, who is mum to Mia, five, and Cory, three, who are both severely disabled, says Newlife’s support has been crucial to their family and helped provide respite as well as some normality.

They were given a double buggy in 2012 so she could leave the house with both children, and she applied for help again just before Christmas for another double buggy now the children are older.

Leanne said: “I couldn’t physically leave the house. The charity is just wonderful and the nurses are brilliant.

“They have given us that little bit of normality. People who donate to the charity don’t realise the impact they are having on our life, it’s massive.”

Newlife has already helped 145 children in Northamptonshire through equipment grants and loans totalling more than £185,600.

The new county fund will help provide equipment for under-19s facing any significant disability.

A spokesman for Newlife said: “We hope that by launching the Newlife Northamptonshire Fund, children with disabilities or terminal illness in the county won’t have to go without the equipment they need for everyday life.”