Hunstanton’s Emily, 11, receives new wheelchair

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A brave youngster from Hunstanton has received a new state-of-the-art, powered wheelchair to help boost her mobility.

Emily Godfrey, 11, has been helped by the joint fundraising efforts of customers and staff at the town’s Fabulous Showboat family entertainment centre.

Emily, who lives with her Mum, Claire and brother Oliver, 13, has complex health needs. Among other conditions, she suffers from a rare human genetic disorder called Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, which affects her body tone, learning, development and growth.

She has limited movement and is unable to sit independently but despite her problems is able to drive a powered wheelchair using a joystick or push button controls.

The Fabulous Showboat belongs to the leisure group Praesepe plc, which is a major fundraiser for CHIPS - a charity set up on behalf of the gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised wheelchairs for children and young people with severe mobility problems.

Emily’s mum Claire said: “We are very grateful to The Fabulous Showboat and CHIPS charity for the powered wheelchair, which is going to make a tremendous difference to Emily’s life. She is growing up and will really appreciate the extra independence that her new chair provides.”

Angelique Blake, manager of the Fabulous Showboat said: “Emily is an extraordinary young girl and is so deserving of this wheelchair.”