Charlie’s joy at being given a ‘stander’ to use at school

144820'Charlie Hall in his new stander with family and supporters at Wheatcroft School'Picture by Neil Silk'27/11/14
144820'Charlie Hall in his new stander with family and supporters at Wheatcroft School'Picture by Neil Silk'27/11/14

A Scarborough youngster is standing tall after kind-hearted supporters rallied round to help buy a specialist piece of equipment.

Wheatcroft School pupil Charlie Hall, five, is benefitting from the use of a “stander”, so he can spend more time out of his wheelchair and interact more easily with his friends.

Charlie has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and also has epilepsy, with all four limbs affected.

Mum Olivia said the family were “gobsmacked” at the response to various fundraising activities, which totalled over £3,000 in just three weeks.

She said: “It has been amazing. We are so grateful to everyone and to the school for everything they’ve done for Charlie. His confidence has increased tenfold since he started school. The other children are wonderful with him - he just loves being here.”

Charlie’s dad Iain added: “The stander is like physiotherapy for him - but he doesn’t know it! He’s so proud of it.”

Being in the stander gives Charlie more freedom with his arms, allowing him to interact more. It will also help his hip sockets develop so there is less chance of them dislocating.

The first fundraiser - the Lyke Wake Walk - was organised by teaching assistant Ann Edwards. Donations were also made by many others, including North Yorkshire Police, Irton Garden Centre, HSBC, Staxtonbury, Cafe Italia, the CATS Charity and via sponsor forms and a school bake sale.