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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.

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