Spe­cial new seat has brave El­lie all smiles

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT alex.hib­bert@men­media.co.uk @alexghib­bert

YOUNG El­lie Thor­ley smiles and laughs while sit­ting with the fam­ily at the din­ner ta­ble for the very first time.

The coura­geous fiveyear-old has cere­bral palsy, which means that she has no con­trol of her body.

She is also pro­foundly deaf, needs to use a wheel­chair and suf­fers from chronic lung dis­ease.

And un­til now the con­di­tion also meant that she couldn’t sit with the fam­ily as they ate their meals.

But that has all changed as El­lie en­joys her new ‘P’ Pod de­vice – a spe­cially de­signed chair for dis­abled young­sters.

And as well as al­low­ing her to join her fam­ily at the din­ner ta­ble, it means she is much more in­volved in their life.

El­lie’s mum, Char­lotte Row­ley, 31, man­aged to buy the chair after kind­hearted fam­ily, friends, strangers and lo­cal busi­nesses all do­nated to a fundrais­ing cam­paign started by her sis­ter Kelly Dob­son.

Char­lotte, who lives on Green­field Road, Bolling­ton, with El­lie, El­lie’s dad Chris, sis­ter Abi­gail, 11, and three-year-old brother Dex­ter, said: “It is just amaz­ing and has changed the fam­ily’s life.

“El­lie loves her new seat, we can’t get her out of it. And it means that she can sit at the same eye level as the rest of the fam­ily so is much more in­cluded.

“It has made all our lives so much eas­ier.

“We had a tough Christ­mas as El­lie was quite ill.

“She had laryn­gi­tis, scar­let fever and a few other things and we were in hos­pi­tal for about three weeks, so this is the per­fect be­lated Christ­mas present.”

El­lie was di­ag­nosed with cere­bral palsy when she was nine months old after be­ing born pre­ma­turely at 26 weeks.

Char­lotte and Chris are her full time car­ers.

Char­lotte added: “El­lie re­ally does have a smile that could melt any­body’s heart. When my sis­ter started the fundrais­ing the re­sponse was in­cred­i­ble – and all the friends, fam­ily, and strangers who have been lovely enough to do­nate re­ally have changed our lives. I can­not thank them all enough.

“She has no in­de­pen­dence and I do ev­ery­thing for her, but de­spite ev­ery­thing she is such a happy lit­tle girl.

“El­lie is an in­spi­ra­tion to us all.”

Si­mon Pen­drigh

●● El­lie in her new ‘P’ Pod chair – paid for by fam­ily, friends, strangers and lo­cal busi­nesses – with her mum Char­lotte Row­ley

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