Penhill bed push planned to raise money for Laigan’s new wheelchair

Supporters of a family wanting to buy a new wheelchair for a little boy with a rare condition are planning to push a bed up Penhill to raise money.

The charity event will take place from West Witton to the top of the Wensleydale hill on August 1.

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.

Event organiser Richard Amer said: “Laigan needs a new chair so some of us have decided to push a bed to the top of Penhill to raise funds to help.

“You are welcome to come along and cheer as we depart West Witton or meet us at the top.

“We will have collection buckets so don’t come empty handed.”

Organisers say they have been given the okay from both landowners and the police for the charity event.

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 bed push click here or to sponsor the volunteers click here.