‘How could they steal my disabled son’s wheelchair?’ - mum left devastated by theft

Claire Hall and her son James whose wheelchair has been stolen.
Claire Hall and her son James whose wheelchair has been stolen.
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A devastated mother has hit out at ‘heartless’ thieves who stole her car containing her three-year-old severely disabled son’s specially adapted wheelchair – his gateway to the outside world.

Claire Hall, whose son James has cerebral palsy, cannot walk or talk and is visually impaired, says without the Delphi Pro wheelchair she cannot feed him safely while ‘out and about’ away from home.

The chair was taken when thieves stole her silver Peugeot 106 from the driveway of her home, in Dale Tree Road, Barrow, overnight between Monday and Tuesday this week.

She said: “I’m utterly devastated and can’t believe somebody could be so heartless as to deny an innocent disabled child his much-needed wheelchair. It means the world to him and means he can access the outside world. Without it I wouldn’t be able to take him out to simple things like the park and his sensory group.”

The NHS provided the black wheelchair which has a red and black seat for James, who attends Riverwalk School, and is worth £4,552 but Mrs Hall says her insurance will only cover £1,000.

She currently has use of a temporary wheelchair, which isn’t specially adapted, until a suitable replacement can be provided.

Mrs Hall, 39, has another son Henry, six.

The paediatric intensive care nurse at Addenbrooke’s Hospital is also being forced to hire a car to get about after hers was also stolen and a white Nissan Micra was taken from a car park in Bury Road, Barrow, about the same time.

Anyone with information, or who can offer help to Mrs Hall, should contact Pc Jonathan Burke on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.