Hastings Round Table has provided funding for essential equipment for six-year old Milly Bewick, a local child, who was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
The condition is a result of brain damage and disrupts muscle function meaning that Milly has limited control of her arms and legs.
The Upsee walking harness, a relatively new invention, allows Milly to be attached to an adult and stand, whilst the specially engineered sandals allow her and an adult to walk simultaneously together.
Round Table Chairman, Luca Venditto and Community Officer, Simon Richardson were with Milly’s family for her first walk in the garden in the Upsee walking harness.
Milly’s mum Becky said, “We are very grateful to Hastings Round Table for its support in providing this equipment.
“Milly is a cheerful, strong little girl who loves to play with her brothers and sister. The Upsee walker gives her the ability to stand, which will strengthen her core muscles and the repetitive walking training will help build her leg muscles. This will really help her in so many ways.”
The lightweight harness attaches to a belt worn by an adult, and the double sandals allow both the adult’s and child’s feet to be attached, leaving their hands free for other tasks.
Luca Venditto, commented, “To see Milly and her mum walking around her garden was incredibly humbling. The money raised at the Hastings Beer and Music Festival and our other events helps to positively affect people in the Hastings area. It makes me very proud to be part of our caring community.”
Hastings Round Table also provided a new Goto Seat for Milly, which fits on to most chairs and provides adjustable headrest, extended leg-supports and a reinforced backrest. This allows children with cerebral palsy to be more involved in family activities.
The Round Table is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charities and good causes when the Hastings Beer and Music Festival takes place at Alexandra Park next month.
The event has become one of the biggest attractions on the local calendar and is expected to be bigger and better than ever this year with a new, larger, marquee and an increased crowd capacity.
More than 100 beers will be available to sample and there is a top line-up of live music.
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