Mum’s wheelchair plea for disabled daughter

28-11-2015 Picture Jamie Forbes. Kirkintilloch Christmas lights switch on. Mum Kim Garland with daughters Claire Garland (7) and Kirsty Williamson (9) with Regent Centre staff Chris Suttie and Ricky McDade who are helping with the fundraising.
28-11-2015 Picture Jamie Forbes. Kirkintilloch Christmas lights switch on. Mum Kim Garland with daughters Claire Garland (7) and Kirsty Williamson (9) with Regent Centre staff Chris Suttie and Ricky McDade who are helping with the fundraising.

All little Claire Buchanan wants for Christmas is a new wheelchair – and mum Kim is appealing to local people to help raise the £3,250 needed.

Claire (6) of Kirkintilloch suffers from a range of 
disabilities including low muscle tone and joint hyper mobility, which means she can’t walk without pain.

Devoted mum Kim has set up a crowdfunding campaign ‘Claire’s Journey’ and on Saturday, with the help of staff at the Regent Centre, her stall at the Christmas lights switch-on raised £173.

On Monday, the family 
also received a huge boost when charity Ceridian 
Payback Foundation, based at Braehead in Glasgow, generously awarded a £2,000 grant towards the wheelchair.

Kim said: “When Claire walks, her ankles bend and hurt so much.

“The wheelchair she has just now no longer fits 
her and she needs a new 
specialist one.”

The little girl developed problems when she was three-years old and her condition has baffled doctors.

Because there is no specific diagnosis, Kim says she has had to battle for help 
from agencies and the local authority.

On top of her mobility problems, Claire, who attends Merkland School, also has hearing difficulties, speech and language delay, dismorphic facial features and a heart murmur.

Kim said: “Claire was born eight weeks early but didn’t need special care or anything. She was a healthy baby girl weighing 7lbs 14oz.

“Just before Claire’s birthday I noticed something wasn’t right.

“Claire was stumbling a lot and could no longer run without falling. She then started to lose her words.”

Kim added: “I’m asking for people’s help as this chair would make such a difference to Claire’s life. Thanks to everyone who has donated so far.”

With £173 raised on Saturday and £280 online - Kim is now £700 short of her target.

To help make Christmas 
a happier one for Claire, donate at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/kim-garland-1