A CHARITY which provided a three-year-old girl with vital disability equipment has called on people to come forward and help it raise funds.

Newlife needs to raise £39,622 so it can provide 21 children in Lancashire with the disability equipment they urgently need.

This will help reduce pain, prevent their conditions from deteriorating and to help them do everyday things.

One of the children who has already benefited is three-year-old Poppy Kettleborough, from Great Harwood, who has brain damage and a life-limiting neurological disorder, and is unable to sit up, walk or crawl.

Little Poppy has been provided with a specialist seat which helps provide both the support and comfort she needs while she is fed through a tube in her stomach.

Mum Stacey said: “Poppy loves cuddles and affection and she’s often happy and smiley and despite everything she loves life.”

The P-Pod, which cost £1,090, is essentially a moulded seat on a beanbag base, which can either recline or sit up, giving her the support and freedom to be in different positions depending on her needs.

Stacey added: “Poppy will thrash if you try to hold her when she is tired or irritable and she can’t lie on the floor or the sofa comfortably for too long as it doesn’t give her enough support – so without a P-Pod, Poppy has nowhere comfortable to sit or relax.

“It’s the place she is the most comfortable and as it’s portable we can have it with us wherever we are –it even goes with her when she goes to the hospice for respite care.

“Newlife is an amazing charity and the P Pod seat they provided for Poppy has made such a difference to her quality of life.”

Newlife’s head of charity operations Stephen Morgan said: “Every penny you give will genuinely be used to save and change young lives in Lancashire.”

To make a donation, people can visit the website www.newlifecharity.co.uk/lancashire or call the Newlife fundraising team on 0800 988 4640.

All money raised will help children in the county.