Cam­paign for wheel­chair to help pupil, 11

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

AHIGH school pupil with cere­bral palsy is fundrais­ing for a new wheel­chair which will al­low her to get around school and mix with her new friends.

Bas­sant Ab­dul­jalil, 11, was born with diplegic cere­bral palsy which means she has stiff­ness in her mus­cles. She can’t walk, has re­duced mo­bil­ity in her up­per body and it af­fects her speech too.

De­spite this, she has done well in school, get­ting about with a man­ual wheel­chair and walker.

But now Bas­sant has started at Mac­cles­field Academy, where her 13-year-old brother Hus­sam also goes, she needs a new sit-to-stand elec­tric chair to help her get around. Her fam­ily has launched a cam­paign to pay for the chair, which au­to­mat­i­cally moves into po­si­tions at var­i­ous lev­els so Bas­sant can work at dif­fer­ent desks.

Bas­sant said: “I‘ve re­ally en­joyed school but it’s busier at my new school and the new chair will help me get around. It will give me the best seat­ing and stand­ing po­si­tions so I’m more com­fort­able in the class­room.

“I will be able to get out and about more, make new friends and join in more ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Her dad Has­san, 48, works as a lec­turer at neigh­bour­ing Mac­cles­field Col­lege. Has­san, of Bux­ton Road, who is mar­ried to Manal and has another son Ab­dul­rah­man, seven, said: “It will give Bas­sant more in­de­pen­dence in school. She will be able to stand and work in the lab and reach books in the li­brary.

“She loves be­ing among her friends and the chair will al­low her to so­cialise with a new group of friends.”

The chair – which will cost £12,385 – is be­ing pro­vided by the char­ity Caud­well Chil­dren so Bas­sant will have it as soon as pos­si­ble, but the fam­ily are ex­pected to meet the full cost of the chair.

The Ab­dul­jalil fam­ily have paid 20 per cent of the to­tal cost, but are ap­peal­ing for do­na­tions to help meet the rest.

Lisa Bates, head of ap­pli­ca­tions ser­vices for Caud­well Chil­dren, said: “The wheel­chair stands at the touch of a switch which means Bas­sant will be able to stand at the same level as her friends.

“It will give Bas­sant nu­mer­ous health ben­e­fits as she will be stand­ing much more of­ten. It will qui­etly move Bas­sant through all an­gles and has ex­cel­lent han­dling for nav­i­gat­ing through the busy cor­ri­dors and class­rooms at the academy.”

Visit just­giv­ing.com/ chair4bas­sant to do­nate.

‘I will be able to get out and about more’

Jen Urwin

●● Bas­sant Ab­dul­jalil at Mac­cles­field Academy with her brother Hus­sam

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