‘Newlife’ charity giving families a helping hand


The parents of a six-year-old with severe cerebral palsy are asking for people to support a charity dedicated to helping people like them.

Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children has already helped 12 children in East Dunbartonshire through equipment grants and loans totalling more than £24,000, so the charity knows there is a very real need for a specific local fund.

The foundation needs £1,589 for two children in East Dunbartonshire to secure vital specialist equipment to help improve daily life.

One of the children is Gabriel McBryan (6), from Kirkintilloch, who has severe dystonic cerebral palsy.

The youngster has no independent mobility and can only hold head control for a short while. He has been found with his head trapped in his current seating but specialist seating would keep him supported and out of danger.

Mum Mary said: “At the end of a full day at school he is exhausted and struggles to hold his head up or maintain a safe position in his wheelchair.

“A P-Pod chair would give him that safe, comfortable and supportive alternative place to chill out and relax that he deserves after a long, busy day.”

The Newlife Foundation East Dunbartonshire Fund supports equipment provision for under-19s facing any significant disability, whether acquired through birth defect, prematurity, accident or illness.

It also supports families in East Dunbartonshire through a range of free services, including a nurse-staffed helpline, equipment grants, emergency equipment loans and sensory and developmental toy loans.

Gabriel’s family are encouraging local people to support the recently launched fund to provide specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness in East Dunbartonshire.

Vitally, the Newlife Foundation East Dunbartonshire Fund website – www.newlifecharity.co.uk/eastdunbartonshire – enables local people to find out who needs help in their area right now and highlight the support the charity gives vulnerable families.

It includes contact details for the Newlife County Liaison Team and shows specific ways people can help support children with disability and terminal illness and their families.

Further information can be found by going to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/eastdunbartonshire or by emailing local@newlifecharity.co.uk.

Telephone donations can be made by calling 01543 462 777.