Success in charity’s drive to help Bailey

The hot tub is presented to Bailey Harmer and his family
The hot tub is presented to Bailey Harmer and his family

A CHARITY’S year-long fundraising drive to help a disabled St Leonards boy has successfully raised enough money to buy him specialist equipment.

Charity for Kids came to the aid of four-year-old Bailey Harmer, from Blackman Avenue, to buy him a hot tub so he could have hydrotherapy exercises.

The youngster suffers from severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy, severe microcephaly, a condition where the head is smaller than normal, and is also registered blind.

The charity helped his family raise the £9,000 needed.

Paul Harris, chairman of Charity for Kids, said: “We are delighted that our fundraising effort to help Bailey has seen us successfully install a hot tub, along with a conservatory housing which will allow him to have hydrotherapy exercises all year round.

“Bailey has many complex needs, is unable to talk and has no control of the mouth and tongue which gives him enormous difficulty in swallowing and communicating.”

The Hastings-based charity has also come to the aid of the families of Bexhill youngsters Daniel Burford and Oliver Hemsley in recent weeks.

Daniel has Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), resulting in problems following verbal directions and understanding language. He also has difficulties with grammatical structures and sentence building.

To help with his communication Patsy Walker and Laura Dearsley, from Charity for Kids, went to meet with Daniel and surprised him with an iPad.

Mr Harris said: “This will now give Daniel so much more freedom and allow him to express himself and communicate with his friends and family.”

In the same week, the charity presented Oliver with an iPad to help him communicate. He is unable to speak due to a rare genetic condition called 49, XXXXY syndrome, meaning Oliver has 49 chromosomes rather than the normal 46. He also has developmental delay, epilepsy, complex feeding problems and breathing issues.