New chair for Sam thanks to hard work by cadets

Sam with his wheelchair.
Sam with his wheelchair.

Volunteer police cadets have been working hard to raise funds for the construction of a bespoke wheelchair for a young boy in Caton.

Sam Huddleston was born with Lissencephaly, a rare brain disorder which left him unable to walk and talk and stopped the development of his brain to that of a six-month-old infant.

Now seven, Sam had outgrown his buggy style wheelchair and needs a new chair, which will be suitable into his teenage years.

The Lancaster and Morecambe Volunteer Police Cadet Units, along with PC Kath Bromilow, national development officer, embarked on the mission to raise £4,000 for the new wheelchair.

A limited edition tiepin, celebrating the Volunteer Police Cadets 2014, was commissioned and throughout April and May Police Cadets from across England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man started selling the pins. The response to the tiepins and cause, along with some individual donations resulted in the fundraising goal being met within six weeks.

Ed Sherry, programme director of the National Volunteer Police Cadets, said: “I am delighted that these tiepins have raised the money needed to buy Sam’s new wheelchair and a big thank you to all the young people who bought them.”

PC Kath Bromilow added: “It has been a fantastic effort by all the police cadets to raise the much needed funds for the wheelchair. The wheelchair has been specifically designed to meet Sam’s individual needs as well as those of his parents; and Sam has been able to use a “grown up” wheelchair for the very first time.”

Sam’s mum Emma said: “It’s incredible what these young people have done for my son. I cannot thank them enough. This chair will make a massive difference to Sam’s quality of life. I am absolutely overwhelmed at the generosity of so many young people from across the country.”