A mother’s appeal for old mobile phones to exchange for an iPad to help her daughter’s education has succeeded with the help of Lynn News readers.
Julie Gardner, of North Lynn, needed 165 unwanted phones, which could then be recycled by the Hearts and Minds charity to provide a tablet computer for her daughter, Maddison, who has developmental dyspraxia.
And she is continuing her appeal in order to help others in the area with the condition.
Miss Gardner, who works as an occupational therapist in Lynn and Hunstanton, said she was touched by the support she had received.
She reached her target thanks to 49 Lynn News readers, customers of Mr Bee’s nurseries, childminders Marlene and Jolene Osler, of Southery, colleagues at Norfolk County Council, friends and relatives.
“One chap in his 70s whose name I do not know walked to Mr Bee’s nursery in the recent heatwave to donate his old phone,” she said.
The iPad is due to arrive in September, soon after Maddison starts attending Gaywood Primary School and the Speech and Language Therapy department at Terrington St Clement Primary School, which also helps children who do not have additional needs.
Developmental dyspraxia can cause children to appear clumsy and easily distracted and has severely affected Maddison’s speech.
The condition is on the autistic spectrum and Hearts and Minds is a national charity dedicated to changing the lives of those affected by autism.
Miss Gardner said: “We will be able to download applications at one school and transfer them with Maddison to the other.
“It will be brilliant for everyone to be singing from the same hymn sheet.”
nAnyone with unwanted mobile phones can still bring them along to the Lynn News office in Purfleet Street .
Miss Gardner is now starting a collection for a second iPad to donate to a Lynn area school to help other children with autism and speech impairment.