Harry’s family appeals for help

Harry Smith
Harry Smith

A teenager with quadriplegic cerebral palsy urgently needs a special seat to help him enjoy the simple pleasure of relaxing with his family.

Harry Smith, 13, has profound physical difficulties and no head control. He needs lots of support to keep his body in the right position.

He lives with his mum Beverley, dad David and his 21-year-old sister Emily in Alvethorpe. But the only place he can sit is in his wheelchair, which is straight backed, hard and rigid.

Mum Beverley said: “Harry is totally reliant on us. He has a magnificent smile and he likes being out and about and watching TV. If he doesn’t like something he will just shut his eyes.

“One of his arms in now turned in and is depressing his chest, so a special seat would help keep him more comfortable. We also have quite a small living room and it’s difficult to get the wheelchair in there as well as everyone else as it’s quite big and bulky. With a proper seat for Harry we would all be able to spend time together properly.”

With no funding available from their local statutory services for the equipment, Harry’s parents have turned to charity Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children to help fund the £1,157 seat.

The special chair would give him an alternative to his wheelchair or bed and make Harry the same height as everyone else. Beverley added: “The seat would help us feel more at home as a family.”

If you would like to help Harry, visit www.newlifecharity.co.uk/westyorkshire read his story and click the ‘Donate Now’ button.