Unwanted mobiles could help Niamh

Niamh Pettitt has a rare genetic condition and autism and there is a campaign for people to donate unwanted mobile phones to buy her an iPad to help her school work.  Pictured outside Sebert Wood Primary School in Bury with her mum Amy Boughton.

Niamh Pettitt has a rare genetic condition and autism and there is a campaign for people to donate unwanted mobile phones to buy her an iPad to help her school work. Pictured outside Sebert Wood Primary School in Bury with her mum Amy Boughton.

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A fund-raising bid is being made to help a young Moreton Hall girl enjoy a bigger part in school life.

Niamh Pettitt, eight, has a rare genetic condition, Odho Syndrome, and autism which means she has poor vision, restricted mobility and poor muscle tone.

She cannot hold a pen easily but thanks to a charity which recycles mobile phones could be helped to get her own specially adapted iPad to help her.

Hearts and Minds is a charity which takes donated unwanted mobile phones for recycling to gain funds to help youngsters like Niamh.

The Sebert Wood pupil uses an iPad at school and having one at home will help her with schoolwork and other skills she needs to develop.

By using iPads children with autism can work on receptive and expressive language, fine motor skills, problem solving skills and joint attention.

Bury St Edmunds supermarket Asda is backing the campaign to help Niamh over the next two weeks and will be collecting the phones, as will The Coffee House on Moreton Hall and the Bury Free Press.

Niamh’s mum Amy said: “She uses the iPad a lot at school and it helps her to access mainstream classes as well. When she’s at home she can record stories she writes on the iPad. It will really help her.”

The Hearts and Mind challenge was founded in 2010 to support people and families affected by autism. Its aims are to raise awareness, provide education support, advise families and provide counselling. It is currently running a fund-raising campaign to raise £1 million to open a Centre of Education for Autusm.

You can donate your phone at our offices in King’s Road.