£10,000 fundraiser secures all-terrain wheelchair for Yorkshire teenager


Fundraising in the community which has exceeded a target of £10,000 means a 15-year-old boy from North Yorkshire can order a new all-terrain wheelchair.

A report by the Norther Echo explained how Marcus Weston from Richmond will now have more access to the world around him.

One of only 400 people in the world known to be living with the rare genetic condition known as Cardio-Facio Cutaneous Syndrome, hundreds of people have been helping to raise the £10,000 needed for the chair by taking part in their own walks.

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The Echo’s report explained how the family started fundraising at the start of lockdown, and last week managed to reach their target.

Mrs Weston told the paper: “It’s all hugely exciting and we are hugely grateful to the people who have supported us and donated. I honestly thought about 30 people would take part so we were overwhelmed by the amount of support.

Adding: “There’s so much going on with corona and people’s jobs that it’s overwhelming. It shows the strength of our community.”

They had raised about £6,000 before last weekend with Saturday’s activities raising an additional £3,000, topping it off this week and going above the £10,000 target.

The Northern Echo detailed how the original plan was to cover the 874 miles between John O’Groats to Land’s End but totalled 2,672 miles after so many people got involved.

Mrs Weston continued: “Marcus has worked really hard to get mobility. He’s alright pottering around the classroom or the house but he struggles with inclines or any distance. A chair with a motor means we can get out and explore the Yorkshire dales and can go for walks as a family.

“It really is a chair for the future. It can be controlled by us when we’re pushing and as he gets older the control can move to the front and he might be able to do it.”

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