Mason’s Courage

Sports-mad Mason, who does not let his paralysis stop his love of football and basketball, has benefitted from a grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation to fund a new lightweight wheelchair.

The Foundation has provided an Enable grant for half of the near £8,500 required for the special wheelchair, with Radio City’s Cash for Kids initiative providing the remainder of the funding.

The new wheelchair means Mason, aged 11 and from Ellesmere Port, is able to continue to enjoy long walks and trips to the woods whether with his family or on school excursions.

“Mason was born with an abnormal spinal cord which led to surgery at just six months old,” says Jane Harris, Administrator with the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“He has never been able to walk, or bear any weight, and remains under the care and treatment of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where he has undergone several more operations.

“Mason may be paralysed from the waist down, but he does not let that hold him back.

“He enjoys socialising with his friends and many outdoor activities, including basketball and football, where he plays in goal.

“Towards the end of last year he was the youngest player ever to be selected to represent the Under-15 North West team in the national basketball championships which was a fantastic achievement.

“Mason’s previous NHS wheelchair was very limited; the new lightweight active everyday wheelchair has the facility to attach a third wheel with a motor on the back, to help get about on rough terrain such as gravel or grass.”

Dad Dominic adds: “Mason now has his shiny new chair and just about has the hang of it now.

“He is really happy with it, especially the motorised wheel!”

 

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