12 Jun Help to make life easier for Thomas
A LITTLE boy who was born severely disabled will take another step in the right direction thanks to the generosity of North East fundraisers.
Thomas Scorer is one of the 10 children in the region being directly helped by The Chronicle Sunshine Fund’s June Go Bananas appeal, which aims to raise £50,000 for specialist equipment to improve their day-to-day lives.
The Shiremoor youngster, who turned one at the end of April, was born with a condition called Arthrogryposis, which means he has curved joints that affect his limb movement and therefore his mobility.
Thomas, who lives with mum Lisa, 36, dad David, 45, and big sister Megan, 5, also has brain development issues, difficulty swallowing and breathing, and epilepsy.
Lisa, a product testing analyst at a pharmaceutical company, said: “The doctors couldn’t really say at the time how his condition would affect him and it was a case of seeing how it goes as he grows.
“His mobility has improved a bit, he had been on a feeding tube but he is now starting to eat solids and take on some liquids orally too, and he is starting to be weaned off oxygen – so he is improving slowly.”
The Scorer family applied to the Sunshine Fund for a specialist seating and table system worth £650 through Busy Bees day nursery in Cobalt Business Park, which Thomas has attended since April.
Lisa explained: “Thomas doesn’t have the best head control, and this equipment will support him so he can sit up straight at nursery and be fed properly while also having his toys out in front of him.
“He already has this at home but to have it at nursery will make a big difference as we are unable to bring it in, along with the other equipment he needs, such as feeding pumps.
“Thomas really enjoys nursery and they love having him there so we hope this will make things easier for the staff and help Thomas feel more normal.”
She added: “I think it is really great that people who don’t know the families are so willing to part with some of their hard earned money to support us.
“Everyone has money worries but it is clear they understand how big a difference something like this makes to a family’s life. Thank you.”
To donate to Go Bananas, visit justgiving.com/Go-Bananas-June