Disabled teenager gets ‘dream’ all-terrain chair after local community raises £19,000


A local community in Northumberland has raised £19,000 for a disabled teenager in the area.

Zak Richardson, 17, and his family said he was limited by his NHS wheelchair and couldn’t join in with friends playing on the beach due to it sinking in the sand.

But now, thanks to local residents, he has a state-of-the-art all terrain wheelchair which allows him to live life to his full capability.

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According to a report in the Chronicle, Zak was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscilar Dystrophy at 18 months old but, according to his mother, has never let the condition get the better of him.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Vici Richardson said: “He is my absolute hero. Sak has never let the condition get the better of him, and pushes his boundaries and is determined to live life to the full.”

She continued: “Zak’s dream was to be able to have an all-terrain wheelchair to allow him to get onto the beach with his dog and his sisters.”

Adding: “The wheelchairs are crazy money, the quote we had was £17,500 but we wanted to make this happen for him.”

The £19,000 was raised with thanks to support from local businesses such as Wansbeck Gymnastics and Trampoline Club, Stakeford Methodist Church, the Boparan Trust and the Joseph Patrick Trust.

A £5,000 donation from Forget Me Not Country Park was also made. The organisation also held an auction night which raised around £4,000.

Zak’s mother Vici posted a video on twitter showing him on the beach in his new chair.

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