James is saving for all-terrain wheelchair

James Barr

James Barr

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A 10-year-old schoolboy has been raising money to buy his own all-terrain wheelchair to allow him to play outside with his friends.

James Barr and his mum Alison held an auction at Dhoon School, with some amazing prizes up for grabs.

James has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which is a serious condition that causes progressive muscle weakness.

Unfortunately no cure has yet been discovered and generally between the age of eight to 11 years a wheelchair is required.

Later, upper limb function and maintenance of good posture is increasingly difficult.

The youngster doesn’t let it get him down and playing in the Neptune Street Nippers Brass Band with his friends is just one of his hobbies.

Alison said: ‘James had a test drive in some outdoor wheelchairs but the one from Mybility.co.uk is the best.

‘Not only will this wheelchair be liberating, but it provides ongoing care in maintaining correct positioning for his back, neck and legs.’

James spent three years at Great Ormond Street Hospital, meaning weekly trips to London and taking injections three times more painful than normal.

‘He never complained despite all the travel and medical procedures,’ said Alison

She added: ‘The auction was a big success, we raised £5,150. There were 68 items and I think the most popular were Skylanders games, one full day of building repairs and the homemade dinner party desserts. The highest bid was on the Steam Packet tickets and the French chef and butler.

‘We would like to personally thank everyone who has donated, bid and helped organise the event. Especially Linda and Andrew Wales, Sarahjo Wales, Claire and Conor Grant, Ally and Ali Stennett, Libby Hickey, Alison Vondy, Dawn Margrave, Phil Quayle and the auctioneer Peter Quayle.’


If you would like to make a donation to James’s cause, you can send cheques payable to ‘James is the name’ to Alison and James Barr at Fuchsia Cottage, Glen Mona, IM7 1HF.

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