29th Oct, 2016

Charity steps in to get Lewis back on the road

Evesham Editorial 16th Apr, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN EVESHAM boy born with complex conditions which makes car journeys to school a struggle has been given the vital help needed to make the trip safely.

Four-year-old Lewis Langstone was born prematurely and as a result has cerebral palsy and problems with his spine and hips which prevented him from being able to travel securely.

He had outgrown his standard car seat and there is no alternative suitable for Lewis’ needs available in high street stores

Lewis needed a specialist car seat and recognising the urgency of the situation, Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children fast-tracked an application made by his family, and they took delivery of a new £1,922 car seat.

Lewis’ mum Laura Harris said: “The new car seat will make life a lot easier, not just for Lewis but for his dad and me as well.

“It has a swivel base – making access in and out of the car easier and safer – and reclines so he can sleep during long


“Importantly, it has extra harnessing to keep him secure in the seat and additional padding so he is properly supported.

“We are in the car several times a day – on the school run, for medical appointments and everyday things like going to the shop – so it is a relief to know that Lewis will be safe and comfortable.” she added.

Newlife is the largest charity funder of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness in the UK, and has provided 140 children in Worcestershire equipment grants and loans totalling more than £255,000.

The charity has now launched the Newlife Worcestershire Fund, a chance for local people to help local disabled children and every penny donated or raised in Worcestershire is guaranteed to support families in the area

Visit www.newlifecharity.co.uk/worcestershire for more information on how to get involved.

Contact the Newlife County Liaison Team on 01543 431 444 or e-mail local@newlifecharity.co.uk to find out ways people can help support children with disability and terminal illness.