ACTRESS Lisa Hammond is presenting a broadcast charity appeal on BBC Radio 4 in the hope of raising money for Ashford teenager Dan Lyall’s new wheelchair.
Action For Kids disability charity is supporting Dan, who is a science and engineering college student, to get the electric chair he needs.
Lisa said: “The reason I am supporting Dan’s appeal is that I use a wheelchair and I have chronic pain so I know a little bit about trying to access normal services and things in life that are quite hard to do when you’re disabled.”
Dan was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) when he was three years old. As Dan’s muscles got weaker and weaker, he stopped walking and when he was 12 he started using a wheelchair to get around.
Michelle, Dan’s mum, said: “From the day of diagnosis all our lives changed forever. I look at pictures of Dan bouncing on the trampoline when he was little. DMD just takes everything away.”
A new wheelchair will help Dan get back out exploring the world with his family and friends and free him from the fear of being stranded far from home.
Dan said: “I spend all day in my old chair getting sore. A new wheelchair would make me more confident and I’d be able to get through everywhere easier and not worry that I’m going to hit into things.”
Michelle added: “This is Dan’s life. He’s in the wheelchair all the time; it’s how he gets around everywhere.
“The quality of Dan’s life and spending quality time with each other is all we have. Instead we’re worrying about getting a new chair and everything else.”
Action For Kids is encouraging people to tune in and support Dan.
Graham Duncan, Action For Kids’ CEO, said: “I urge the community to listen to Lisa on BBC Radio 4 and to support Dan.
“Thanks to Lisa we will be able to reach even more people and ultimately help more young people like Dan.”
The appeal was broadcast on Radio 4 on Sunday but will be repeated tomorrow (Thursday) at 3.27pm. It will also be available to listen to on the BBC Radio iPlayer.
Dan Lyall and mum Michelle and left, actress Lisa Hammond, who has been broadcasting the appeal for a new wheelchair for the Ashford teenager.