Donation sees Kieran sitting comfortably

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North Derbyshire teenager Kieran Castelluccio will soon be sitting comfortably, thanks to the Midlands Co-Operative Society.

Kieran, aged 15, was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and needs a wheelchair when out and about.

But he no longer needs to worry about comfort at home in Hasland, Chesterfield, as the fundraisers from the society have raised enough money for him to get his own special seat, called a P Pod.

Lesley-Ann, his mum, said: “The first thing Kieran wants to do when he gets home from school is get out of his wheelchair, otherwise he gets very upset.

“At the moment that means him being put on the floor, for safety, but he can’t spend his life on the floor and Kieran’s physiotherapist recommended getting him a special P Pod seat.”

Currently, he has one on loan from the National Disability Exhibition, which has allowed him to keep on an extended trial.

Lesley-Ann said: “The seat he has on loan goes everywhere with him, because he is happier sitting in it than anything else.”

Upon realising Kieran needed his own £600 P Pod, Lesley-Ann and her husband Gus asked for help from the Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children – which agreed and arranged for Kieran to get one of his own.

Newlife, together with its charity partner Midlands Co-Operative Society, has raised more than £226,000 for children who need their help.

Adrian Dent, manager of the Midlands Co-op store on Mansfield Road, Hasland, said “As a regional retailer we always ensure our staff-elected charity supports people in need in our trading area.

“We are delighted to have been able to help Kieran and his family in this way.”