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Business owners help Birmingham pupil return to school after leukaemia diagnosis
Lewis Kedwards, aged 12 from Kitts Green, is struggling to walk due to terrible pains in his legs and couldn't manage the 25-minute walk to school or the trips between lessons during the day.
After hearing about his plight, Tamworth charity, Help Us Help Others, offered to buy Lewis a proper wheelchair that he can use to get himself around.
The charity's coffers have received an £11,000 boost thanks to businessmen Darren Lake and his son, Jamie Lake, of Pure Cloud Solutions, who decided to take on the daring fundraising challenge of climbing the Matterhorn, one of Europe's highest summits. They were joined in their quest by fellow business owner, Kyle Raffo, of Embello.
Thanks to the donation of the MobiQuip all-terrain, lightweight, self-propelled G-Explorer wheelchair, Lewis has been able to start his phased return to school at Tudor Grange Academy in Kingshurst, Solihull, and is happy to be able to see his friends again.
His mum, Sam, said: "Because of the treatment Lewis is on, he's been suffering a lot of pain in his legs and can't walk very far. I don't drive and it's a 25-minute walk to school. Even if I could get him there, he needed a wheelchair for getting around during the day. Someone recommended Help Us Help Others and they delivered a brand-new wheelchair. It's been a real godsend.
"He's finally been able to start easing himself back into school and is so pleased to see his friends again. We're really grateful to Help Us Help Others for their support, it's made a huge difference to Lewis's daily life."
Lewis was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in June this year when he was 11 years old.
Jamie, a Help Us Help Others trustee, said: "The Matterhorn was our biggest fundraising challenge to date and we'd like to thank everyone who helped us raise so much money, including family, friends and clients.
"Lewis is one of the first to benefit from those donations. When we heard about the tough time he was having, we just knew we had to help him and his family. It's great to hear the wheelchair is already making a big difference to Lewis's life because that's what this charity is all about."
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