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Shirley schoolgirl meets fundraisers behind her new wheelchair

Solihull Editorial 11th Aug, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A BRAVE SHIRLEY school-girl has received a very special school holiday visit from a team of West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) fundraisers who helped raise money for her new wheelchair.

Freya, who received a specialist ‘koala’ sit-to-stand powered wheelchair, met some of the firefighters who raised over ¬£6,000 and helped make her new-found freedom a reality.

The six-year-old, who suffers from Brittle Bones Disease and is at constant risk of breaking and fracturing her bones, received her new wheelchair thanks to a donation from the Boparan Charitable Trust – allowing her to control the height of the chair herself and do simple everyday tasks including pressing the button on a pedestrian crossing or eating a meal at the family table.

And it was in part thanks to the WMFS firefighters’ donation that the Trust were able to fund Freya’s new chair.

Freya’s mother, Hannah, said the visit from the firefighters proved to be a ‘very special afternoon’ for the youngster.

She added: “Thank you to the firefighters and Boparan Trust, Freya has not stopped talking about the visit.

“She loved meeting the firemen, sitting in the engine, giggling her head off, simply amazing.”

Station Commander Warren Davies said the team were delighted to have helped support the Trust and that meeting Freya was the ‘icing on the cake’.

The Boparan Charitable Trust is a national charity that helps children with disabilities, life limiting conditions or in extreme poverty.

If you know a child in need of help visit their website at www.theboparancharitabletrust.com

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