Vital donation: Sarah Davis (left) from Friends of Long Sutton Primary is pictured with Dick Sloan, general manager of Premier Foods' Long Sutton factory, who presented them with a cheque for £350. The money was used to help Charlotte Bates (centre) buy a new car seat for her daughter Alice (in pushchair). Picture: Nigel Cope
A COUPLE from Long Sutton have been able to buy much-needed equipment for their 20-month–old daughter, thanks to generous support from the local community.
Friends of Long Sutton Primary School teamed up with local firm Premier Foods to help Charlotte and Andy Bates buy a new car seat for their daughter Alice.
In March this year Alice was diagnosed with developmental delay and motor dysfunction, suggestive of evolving cerebral palsy.
Unable to sit up without support, her existing car seat needed replacing and standard forward-facing seats could not provide the comfort and safety she required.
Alice's occupational therapist arranged a suitable seat but unfortunately the £700 price tag was not covered by any government funding.
With four of their six children at Long Sutton Primary, Alice's parents asked people at the school if they knew of anyone who could help raise the funds needed.
Sarah Davis of the school's friends group said: "Alice's parents have always supported the school at fundraising events and helped out wherever they can.
"We decided we would try and support their appeal as it seemed the right thing to do."
Having received their support in the past, the school contacted Premier Foods in Long Sutton who offered to match whatever was raised.
A summer fair raised £350 which, matched by the company, enabled the family to buy the seat.
Alice's mum Charlotte said: "Without the help of Premier Foods and the school we wouldn't have been able to buy the seat.
"It not only gives support to Alice but gives her happiness because we are able to take her out and about much more easily."
The seat will grow with Alice and should last her until she is about 11 years old.
Special features include a swivel feature to make access in and out of the car much easier and wedges which can be moved as Alice grows to ensure she is getting the best comfort and support.