05 Jan Freya can see a brighter future
A SCHOOLGIRL registered as deaf and blind can now read to her little brother at home thanks to the support of two North East businesses.
Freya Carr-Wright, from Blaydon, was born with CHARGE syndrome, which severely affects her sight and hearing, and she also suffers from respiratory, growth and balance problems.
Earlier this year, the four-year-old’s family applied to The Chronicle Sunshine Fund, which provides specialist equipment to disabled youngsters, for CCTV technology worth over £2,000 to enable her to utilise what vision she does have left in her right eye.
The system of an LCD screen, base, camera and focus magnifies pictures and letters.
Thanks to fundraising and sponsorship from local technology firms ITPS and Cellular Solutions during 2014, including a November race day at Newcastle Racecourse, the Swalwell Primary School pupil is now making the most of the tool.
Mum Beverley Wright said: “Freya started reception this year and loves it.
“She wants to participate in everything and is fiercely independent, so this will allow her to do things on her own as she grows, learns and plays at home. It will make a massive difference to us as a family because she can access her books at home as we read with her, and she can share games and pictures with her two-year-old brother, Heath.
“The local authority has funded CCTV for Freya at school but it is too big to move. The Sunshine Fund is so important because families like ours cannot afford to pay out this much on the equipment, especially as I have left work to look after her.”
Susan Jopling, head of resources at ITPS, who visited the family, said: “It was fantastic to meet Freya and see how vital the CCTV is at helping her development.
“It was lovely to see the equipment in action as Freya enjoyed looking at the pictures in her books.”
Mike Bowers, managing director of Cellular Solutions, added: “I’m thrilled the money that was raised at our race day has went to Freya. The Sunshine Fund is an amazing charity and I look forward to working with them in 2015.”
Clare Savory, events manager for the fund, said: “A huge thank you to ITPS and Cellular Solutions for their continued support. Without companies such as them we would be unable to support as many children with disabilities as we do.”
The charity, which is granting wishes for disabled children throughout December, aims to raise £40,000 this month.
To donate, call 0191 201 6090.