18 Dec Help get Carl out and about
A CHARITY which supports disabled children is hoping its December fundraising drive will help a teenage cancer survivor kick-star t the rest of his life.
Carl Robinson, from Blyth, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May 2011 but was given the all-clear the following February.
However, the 16-year-
old’s chemotherapy treatment left him with nerve damage in his foot, requiring a splint, and he has recently been diagnosed with scoliosis of the spine meaning it is abnormally curved.
His physical disabilities led his family to apply to The Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund for a trike so he can enjoy the same mobility as his friends.
Mum Lynn said: “Carl finds it difficult sitting for long periods of time as he has pain in his back, and he get tired easily.
“We are hoping the trike will enable him to get out and about, giving him independence and allowing him to do more things with his friends and family.
“He spends a lot of time on his own at the moment and because he also has autism finds it difficult to express how he is really feeling.”
Julieanne Kelly is office manager for the Sunshine Fund, which
is aiming to raise £40,000 during December and is granting wishes for children with disabilities throughout the month.
She said: “We are desperately looking for donations to help Carl from Blyth.
“He is such a lovely young man. He has autism and has just recovered from cancer.
“The trike costs £966 and we are hoping to raise the money before Christmas.“He needs a trike so he can play outdoors with his family and friends, because he cannot ride a traditional bike due to his physical disabilities.
“If you would like to help us please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0191 201 6090.”
Lynn added: “The charity is so important because pieces of equipment like this one can cost so much and be very difficult for families to afford.
“We are thankful for all the fund’s supporters as we keep our fingers crossed for the trike.”