Funds are pouring in to buy a much-needed mechanical arm for a Little Sutton man who suffers from a life-limiting condition.

Adam Bladen desperately needs the arm support to enable him to continue living as independently as possible.

The 24-year-old has Duchenne muscular dystrophy – which causes muscle degeneration – and has been using a wheelchair since he was eight.

Mechanical arm vital to independence

Adam explained how vital the mechanical arm is to his freedom: “Over the past five years, my arms have become more and more difficult to use and I have now become dependent on an arm support which is attached to my power chair.

“This allows me to keep some of my independence, enabling me to drive my own wheelchair, feed myself and use many other adapted gadgets including laptop, mobile phone and TV remote.

“Without my arm, I am unable to do any of these things for myself and am completely reliant on my SureCare team.”

Replacement needed

But Adam’s mechanical arm is approaching the end of its five-year life span and with no funding available for such equipment, the race is on to raise the £3,000 for a replacement.

Chester care company SureCare has been leading the fundraising campaign, kick-starting it with a £500 donation.

In exchange for a donation, team members donned their most festive jumpers on Friday and have helped raise more than £1,700 towards the target so far.

SureCare business development manager Rachel Gallagher said: “We are delighted to be able to support Adam.

“He is a client of SureCare and his story moved everyone in the team.

“We have already raised more than half the money needed to buy Adam’s new arm but still require further support in order to reach our target.

“It would be the best possible Christmas present for Adam if we can get to the £3,000 target in the next few days.”

Adam added: “I am extremely grateful for everyone at SureCare for helping me raise the funds I need to buy a new arm to enable me to live as independently as possible.”

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