13 Jun Let’s help Hawwa and family get out and about
Little Hawwa Choudhary loves being outside with her close-knit family.
The five-year-old, her parents and two brothers live an active lifestyle and spend as much time as they can outdoors.
But brave Hawwa, from Fenham, Newcastle, is not like every other child.
She suffers from global developmental delay and hypotonia, also known as floppy baby syndrome, meaning she needs round-the-clock care.
Bound to a pushchair at all times, parents Mussarat and Modaser have to do everything for her while also taking care of their sons Yahya, nine, and Dawud, seven.
Sadly, Hawwa’s buggy struggles with rough terrains, meaning the family’s day trips are often limited.
And if it broke while they were on a day out, it would leave her without a wheelchair in her everyday life.
Mum Mussarat, 33, said: “She likes the wind and the rain and she absolutely loves the snow.
“But in her buggy now it’s really hard to go in the snow.
“If we had an off-road buggy, we’d even be able to go onto the beach. She’d be able to be out and enjoy quality time with the family.”
Unfortunately, a more robust buggy comes with a massive price tag of almost £3,000, which the family simply cannot afford.
Now, Hawwa has been picked along with nine other children to benefit from the Sunshine Fund’s Go Bananas appeal this June.
The campaign aims to raise £60,000 this month to buy specialist equipment for local disabled children who really need it to improve their quality of life.
Grateful Mussarat, a full-time carer, said the support means the world to the family.
She added: “It would make such a massive difference to her life and to all of us as a family and that’s the most important thing.”