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Newtongrange mother’s appeal for ‘lifeline’

Cheryl Duncan, Newtongrange, who has cerbal palsy, & is fundraising for a new wheelchair.

Cheryl is pictured with her sons Jay (8) & Josh (3)

Cheryl Duncan, Newtongrange, who has cerbal palsy, & is fundraising for a new wheelchair. Cheryl is pictured with her sons Jay (8) & Josh (3)

A mother of two with cerebral palsy has been forced to turn to fund-raising in order to buy a new wheelchair and maintain her independence.

Cheryl Duncan (26), from Newtongrange, is aiming to raise £5,000 and is holding a sold out charity night at Mayfield Community Club this Saturday.

Ms Duncan, who works part-time at Newtongrange Leisure Centre does not qualify for any financial help and has to pay for her wheelchair after failing an NHS assessment last year because of what she called “strict criteria”.

She added: “As I spend 12 hours a day in the chair it’s very important to me.

“I also need a bit of money to maintain it. Our target would cover a good chair with the hope of maintaining it over the first year.

“My wheelchair is my lifeline. But it’s seen better days.

“I have got two children, aged eight and three. So not only does it allow me to have an independent life for myself, it also impacts on my life as a mother.”

You can donate to Cheryl’s appeal at the RBS branch in Newtongrange.

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