A young boy whose condition means he has no sense of danger is now able to enjoy family trips out safely thanks to funding from the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund.
Jack Telfer has a number of life-affecting conditions, with autism, epilepsy, and a very rare genetic disorder among them. The 11-year-old also has sensory processing disorder, which leads him to seek out stimulation, from jumping from heights to running across roads.
This means he must be secure in a buggy while out and about and after growing out of the buggy he was given aged four, his mum, Alison Telfer, decided to contact the Children’s Fund charity and ask for help.
She said: “He has grown so much since then that he hangs over the end of his buggy and because of this it had become unstable. We had an incident where it tipped down the bank of the river in Queen Elizabeth Park – luckily neither of us were hurt. He seemed to think it was funny – I can’t say I did!”
Now the Telfers, who live in Gonerby Hill Foot, have a Convaid Cruiser Scout buggy, they can better enjoy family days out. The buggy’s first outing was to Legoland last month on a trip put on by the charity. The family is also heading the Disneyland Paris later this month with the Grantham Disabled Children Society.
Alison added: “We have just returned from a family weekend at Silverstone. We all had a fab time but that it wouldn’t have been possible without the chair.”
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