Fundraising for Laigan’s new wheelchair boosted by Penhill bed push

Laigan and supporters at the foot of Penhill.

Supporters of a family wanting to buy a new wheelchair for a little boy with a rare condition have raised almost £3,000 online with cash still to be counted after the latest fundraising challenge.

The event on Saturday saw a team of volunteers push a bed up Penhill in Wensleydale.

The group was joined by firefighters from Leyburn, Colburn and Bedale, who carried a ladder to the top complete with a Yorkshire Flag to mark Yorkshire Day.

Laigan Hammond has spinal muscular atrophy type 1, a condition which means he has weakness in his muscles.

The Catterick Garrison youngster, who attends Cambrai Primary School, was not expected to live past two but is now a happy, cheeky four-year-old.

Laigan relies on a wheelchair and his family would like to get him a power chair that promotes his independence and allows him the freedom to be like most other children.

Laigan’s new chair will cost almost £23,000 with his family having to raise up to 30 per cent of that total.

To find out about the fundraising campaign click here or to sponsor the volunteers click here.