Specialist bed will change life of Methil boy

Callum Rodger (10) from Methil
Callum Rodger (10) from Methil

A family from Methil has thanked a charity for its help in funding specialist equipment for their disabled son.

Callum Rodger (10) has autism, cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy, which is more pronounced at night, and he received a brain injury at birth.

Although he has some mobility and can walk short distances, he tires easily because of right-sided weakness and can be clumsy, falling heavily on furniture.

Because of this, he has broken a number of beds, meaning he urgently needed specialist equipment to keep him safe at night – as well as helping his parents care for him without any risk to them.

And, thanks to Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, they were able to secure funding for a bed which features a high/low platform and cot sides with a mesh system.

Mum Claire said: “He has broken a few beds with his behaviours and we really needed something stronger and safer for him.

“This specialist bed will make a huge difference. It has protected sides so he can’t fall out of bed and we can raise him up and down, which will make a big difference for my back too, as Callum is a big lad now.”

Newlife has awarded 48 equipment grants for children in Fife, totalling £123,666. And, as demand on its services builds, the charity is calling on ‘local heroes’ to fundraise for equipment in Fife.

Newlife CEO Sheila Brown OBE, said: “We guarantee that 100 per cent of all monies donated or fundraised in Fife can be ring-fenced specifically to provide equipment for disabled and terminally ill children within the county.”

With three families in Fife already in need of help, totaling over £7000, anyone interested in raising money is asked to get in touch as soon as possible on 0800 988 4640.