Christmas has come early for a little disabled girl after a fund set up to buy her a special wheelchair smashed its £3,250 target in just three weeks.
Claire Buchanan (6) of Kirkintilloch suffers from a range of disabilities, including low muscle tone and joint hyper mobility, which means she can’t walk without pain.
Devoted mum Kim set up a crowdfunding campaign ‘Claire’s Journey’ last month and organised stalls at the recent Christmas lights switch-on in the town and a festive fair at Hillhead Church on Saturday.
Thanks to generous donations from individuals and businesses, and a grant for £2,000 from Glasgow charity Ceridian Payback Foundation, Kim reached her target.
The delighted mum said: “I can’t believe it. By Friday we were just short of £350 and a local window company, who want to remain anonymous, phoned me to say they would pay the balance.
“I’m stunned. People have been so generous. To raise this amount in the space of three weeks is unbelievable.”
Claire has now been measured for her new wheelchair by specialist company Vedlink4kids.
Kim said: “It will be eight weeks before Claire receives her chair as it has to be specifically made.
“The good thing is it can be adjusted as she grows, so it should last for about the next five years.”
Claire developed problems when she was three-years-old and her condition has baffled doctors.
When she walks, the little girl’s ankles bend and the pain can be unbearable.
Because there is no specific diagnosis, Kim says she has had to battle for help from agencies and the local authority.
On top of her mobility problems, Claire, who attends Merkland School, also has hearing difficulties, speech and language delay, dismorphic facial features and a heart murmur.
Kim added: “This new chair will make such a difference to Claire’s life. I can’t thank everyone enough.”