LITTLE Anna Penman will get the chair of her dreams after a three month campaign for a state of the art Snapdragon.
Anna (4) suffers from spinal muscular atrophy and leukaemia, and last November her family launched the Turbo Appeal to raise £21,477 needed for a special wheelchair designed especially for her needs. Anna can’t walk and her weakened muscles means she needs help to do everything. But the six-figure target has been reached after a tremendous effort from the local community and the efforts of Linlithgow Round Table.
Chairman Laurie Boles said: “Our entire Santa Collection amounted to £5,500, which is 30 per cent higher than normal which is fantastic. The people of Linlithgow have rallied and gave generously in aid of Anna, which RT and the Penman family are extremely grateful for. We even managed to place the order for Anna’s Snapdragon wheelchair on Christmas Eve - the perfect gift from Santa!”
Round Tablers hope Anna will soon be enjoying her wheelchair, that will be designed in whatever colours she wants.
Mum Ann Marie who lives at Kingsfield added: “We have hit the target which we were aiming for, but I never imagined it would happen so soon! Anna is looking forward to having her new Snapdragon that she can control. She’ll be able to move up and down, from table height to ground level.
“The company Dragon Mobility take four months to build it, but she’ll be given a second hand chair from them this month while she waits. It will make a big difference for Anna and us as a family, as it will give her more independence. And her big brother Nathan (6) can’t wait to ride on the back of it!”
She added a huge thank you to Linlithgow Round Table and for the generosity of local people and businesses.
To keep in touch with Anna and future fundraising efforts for her care go to anna.penman.wordpress.com
CARING donation: Findlay Erskine and Laurie Boles of Linlithgow Round Table give £5500 from their Santa Collection to Anna Penman and mum Ann Marie, towards Turbo Appeal.