Help give Ritchie a decent night’s sleep

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A CRAIGROTHIE family who launched a fundraising appeal to help make their disabled son’s life easier, have received the backing of a children’s charity.

Moira and David Horrocks have been trying to raise the funds needed to extend their home so it is more accessible for their three-year-old son Ritchie who has a rare form of achondroplasia, or short-limbed dwarfism, and is unable to use his limbs freely.

The family have already received support from various Fife businesses who are all generously donating their time or services for free, and now the Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children has stepped in to try and raise cash to buy Ritchie a specialist bed.

Moira, who is Ritchie’s full-time carer, said: “My husband and I have been lifting Ritchie for the last three and a half years and the worst times are when we need to get him into bed.

“He’s currently in a cot, but if we were able to get a specialist bed it would mean so much to him as it could be lowered to 20cm off the floor, which would help him to eventually get out of bed on his own.

“It could also be raised which would make it easier to dress and handle him.

“It would also do wonders for his self-esteem if Ritchie had his own bed and his own space.”

Ritchie’s family turned to Newlife after Fife Council said they were unable to fund the new bed which costs £2,425.

Newlife currently needs to fund £5940-worth of equipment for children in Fife, but is experiencing huge demand on its resources with calls to the Newlife Nurse Helpline increasing by 70 per cent.

The charity’s chief executive, Sheila Brown, OBE, said: “There is huge demand and because of this we are calling on anyone to help us raise money to fund equipment in Fifie.

“Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of any gift or donation will go directly to help disabled children in the area.”

Contact the Newlife Community Fund-raising Team on freephone 0800 988 4640 for further details.

To make a donation to Ritchie’s fun call Moira, tel. 01334 828353 or email ritchiehorrocksfund@hotmail.co.uk