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Oswestry mum on marathon mission for wheelchairs

By Aimee Jones | Oswestry | Health | Published:

An Oswestry mother is taking on a marathon walk to help more children like her four-year-old son access a free powered wheelchair.

Noah in his Wizzybug wheelchair

Susan Boag's son, Noah who has cerebral palsy, was given a Wizzybug wheelchair two years ago.

She said it has "opened up" Noah's world and allowed him to be a proper toddler.

The NHS doesn't generally fund powered wheelchairs for children under five, which means families are faced with expensive alternatives or manual chairs which many children struggle to use.

Susan will be travelling to London on September 23 to walk 26.2 miles in aid of the charity Designability, which gave Noah the wheelchair he needed to gain the independence and freedom of a toddler.

"At a time when most children are able to toddle about exploring and gaining some independence, Noah was completely dependent on me for getting around and had no independence," Susan said.

"Thanks to Designability, Noah was able to have that much needed feeling of freedom and he could explore more on his own terms when he received his Wizzybug."

A Wizzybug is a fun, powered wheelchair for children aged 14 months to five-years-old. It was designed by the charity who rely on fundraising to be able to build and loan out Wizzybugs free of charge to children across the UK.

Susan said: "I am raising money for this amazing charity because of the incredible work they do to help aid and enhance the lives of those with disabilities.

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"The Wizzybug loan scheme opened up Noah's world and I’m hoping to raise lots of support to enable other children to experience the same."

To sponsor Susan, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/susan-boag4

To find out more about Designability and the Wizzybug loan scheme visit designability.org.uk or call 01225 824103.

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones
@aimeejones_star

News reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Oswestry office

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