Taylor’s appeal will help others gain independence

Taylor Bewick at home in his current wheelchair.
Taylor Bewick at home in his current wheelchair.
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A 19-year-old gifted a state-of-the-art wheelchair has asked for donations to help others in similar need gain their independence.

Taylor Bewick, of Mildenhall, had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - a rare muscle weakening condition that means he requires a wheelchair.

In six to eight weeks Taylor will receive a new £29,193 wheelchair thanks to charity Caudwell Children.

The chair will make a huge difference to Taylor who will begin studying at West Suffolk College on Tuesday and plans to attend Anglia Ruskin University next September.

He said: “It helps me with going out with friends, If it did not happen I could not do anything.

“It’s just easier it’s all computer connected.”

Taylor’s mother, Shanida Seltner, said: “This new wheelchair will be completely life changing for Taylor.

“The functions mean he will be able to stand in the chair which will help him stretch when we he needs to reach things on different levels.

“He has outgrown his current chair which he has had for about five years.”

Taylor and his family are now fund-raising for Caudwell Children to provide the vital funds required to provide life-changing equipment for others.

Taylor said: “I think it helped me a lot so I think other people should also have it.”

Trudi Beswick, chief executive of Caudwell Children, said: “This specialist piece of equipment, which is not available on the NHS, is crucial in helping Taylor and his family in their day-to-day life, but our funds are running low and unless we get the support of the local community donations like this will disappear.”

To make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/Taylor-B