Youngster receives £10,000 wheelchair

Lewis Herbert and mum Lexi
Lewis Herbert and mum Lexi

A county 10-year-old was was born with a rare, life-threatening condition which causes him to have multiple seizures a day has received a £10,000 wheelchair.

Lewis Herbert has been supported by Caudwell Children and Action for Kids and now has the specialist Mustang powered wheelchair, worth £9,400. The chair features an oxygen carrier, and a tilt and recline function which will allow the family to enjoy walks and days out.

His parents, Lexi and Gary Herbert, are full-time carers for their son and have struggled in the past to enjoy quality time outside the family home.

Lexi said: “Lewis is severely disabled and he requires two people to constantly care for him, He has trouble swallowing and he can forget to breathe, which means we are always on edge waiting to help him.”

As well as enabling the family to enjoy activities, the wheelchair will enhance Lewis’ social interaction. “He will now be able to be positioned at the same height as his peers when feeding,” Lexi added.

The family have described Caudwell Children and Action for Kids as lifelines for them and other families supporting disabled children. Lewis’ Dad, Gary, who plays for Finedon Cricket Club, added: “Without their support the situation would be very simple – Lewis and children like him would have to go without suitable and vital equipment, meaning they would have no quality of life at all.”