An appeal in the Chronicle & Echo to raise funds for specialist equipment for a disabled seven-year-old boy has been a success thanks to a Northampton company.
MD of Euro Scaffolding Services, Robert Swannell, read our story about Owen Morrison who was born with Menkes Disease, a condition caused by copper deficiency. The disease is characterised by limited growth and deterioration of the nervous system.
Owen’s parents, Michelle and Daniel, desperately needed £1,300 to secure a ‘Mixed Light Sensory Pack’ for him. To help them they enlisted the fund-raising support of Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
Following the publication of Owen’s story Stacey Smalley, community appeals fund-raiser for Caudwell Children, was delighted when she received a telephone call fromM Mr Swannell offering to cover the full cost of the equipment.
Stacey said: “I was shocked when I received the call. I can just remember saying how happy Owen would be and that I couldn’t wait to tell his parents. The equipment has many calming benefits and will be a huge source of pleasure to him as, unfortunately, he is unable to hold and play with toys.”
Owen’s father, Daniel, said: “I was stunned when I received the news, and I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of the donor, I can’t thank them enough. Until the equipment arrived it still hadn’t sunk in but now it’s here it’s fantastic. Owen loves the lights and bubble tubes and they are a real distraction from his pain.“
Mr Swannell said that when he learnt of the life threatening nature of Owen’s condition he decided to respond immediately.
He said: “Knowing that Michelle and Daniel want to make every day as special as possible for Owen, really prompted my quick response.
“I’m lucky in that I have five children, ranging from five to 24, and all of them are in good health. I’d like to think that if I needed help there would be someone there for me.”
The 42 year-old, who lives in Boughton, says that the business, based on Kingsheath Industrial Estate, has supported other charitable causes in the town including a number of local hospices.
To find out more about Caudwell Children and to donate to help other children like Owen, visit: www.caudwellchildren.com