South Tyneside toddler on the move thanks to new chair

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Kind-hearted shoppers have helped a South Tyneside toddler who is living with a debilitating condition to get himself moving.

Jayce Flannigan was born with Spina Bifida and is unable to move the lower part of his body.

It leaves the two-year-old reliant on his mum Sharna Fee, 23, and dad Dean Flannigan, 31, to help him get around.

But now, with the help of a £3,000 donation from local charity Community Corner and their army of customers, Jayce - who also suffers from hydrocephalus - has own set of wheels to help him get around.

His mum Sharna, from South Shields, said: “Ever since he was born he has had to undergo operations and will have more as he gets older.

“But nothing gets him down. He is such a happy child.

To know what we do is helping to make a massive difference to a person’s quality of life - you just can’t beat that feeling.

Cheryl McDonald

“Jayce is numb from the belly button down and can’t get around on his own. We have to carry him everywhere.

“To see him in his chair makes us so happy.

“It means he is now able to do a lot more and have his own little bit of independence.”

She added: “It’ll also mean he will be able to join in with the kids at nursery more.”

The wheelchair was made possible when Community Corner stepped in after hearing about Jayce, who attends Bede Nursery.

A previous visit to a wheelchair specialist in the NHS was unsuccessful because the smallest chair they had available was too big for him.

The Hoggie Cleo chair was presented to Jayce by Andrew Leese - director of Mobility For You.

Mr Leese said: “This is the best part of the job, seeing the difference a mobility aid can have.”

Community Corner based in Edinburgh Road, Jarrow, is run by mother and daughter team Cheryl McDonald and Lynne Davis.

The pair sell donated goods to raise cash for good causes across South Tyneside.

Cheryl said: “When people know we have a cause like this, they just donate and buy so much more.

“It really is fantastic we are able to do this. To know what we do is helping to make a massive difference to a person’s quality of life - you just can’t beat that feeling.

“I would just like to thank everyone for their unbelievable support to make this possible.

For details on Community corner visit facebook page Community Corner.