Stourbridge drivers walk for wheelchair

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Stourbridge drivers walk for wheelchair A group of drivers from National Express’ Pensnett Garage in Stourbridge is to walk between Stourbride and Dudley bus stations in a bid to raise money towards a specially adapted wheelchair for a toddler.

The £19,000 powered wheelchair, equipped with a standing frame called a Snap Dragon, would give two year old Louie Pumphrey, who has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk, much more independence.

The event has been organised by Louie’s cousin, Daniel Meanock, 24, a driver on the number 9 route. It is due to take place on Sunday, November 27.

To kick off the fundraising, National Express has donated £100 and is providing a bus as a support vehicle for the duration of the walk.

Daniel said: “I’ve seen firsthand the struggles Louie and the family have. This chair would give Louie so much more independence, but it is extremely expensive as it would need to be custom made specifically for him.

“However it would also allow him to stand and enable his legs to be strengthened and straightened.”

To donate to Louie’s snap dragon chair appeal visit Pumphrey or search for Louie’s fund on Facebook.