A WORCESTER youngster has realised his dream to join in games with friends after finally receiving much-needed equipment to help him stand.
Bobby Allen from Fernhill Heath has Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 3, a genetic condition that affects the nerves that control muscle movement.
The heartbreaking wait for the five-year-old and his family is now over after kind-hearted city residents answered a rallying call to help raise cash to fund a special standing frame to help Bobby’s mobility.
Parents Ally and Stuart turned to Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children to appeal to ‘local heroes’ to chip in for the vital piece of equipment.
Within just a few days, more than 20 individuals and groups had responded to boost the £668 already raised past the £2,000 total.
Bobby’s mum, Ally told the Observer the standing frame, which was specially made for Bobby’s height, has given him a ‘new way to look at life’.
“We are so happy that Bobby now has his standing frame,” she said.
“He is able to play so much more with his brother Freddy in the garden. He is able to be in an upright position for longer and this has so many benefits for him.
“The community’s response has been amazing and we are so thankful to them all for supporting Bobby.
“Lots of people have asked about his frame and it’s great to show them pictures of him standing up and wheeling around.
“Also when he is in it on the front garden lots of people stop to chat to him and are amazed at the standing frame,” she added.
Bobby will celebrate his sixth birthday at the end of this month and is looking forward to starting year one and taking his standing frame into school to be on the same level as his friends.
“The standing frame has definitely given Bobby a new way to look at life,” Ally said.
“He not only uses the frame to stand but enjoys reading, playing catch and doing craft activities.
“He has fun chasing after everyone, when he spends time in it he is happy,” she added.