Gunnedah community fundraises for new wheelchair for Huge Young

THANKFUL: Hugo and Rachael Young with his new $10,000 purpose-built wheelchair, which the Gunnedah community helped fundraise for. It arrived from the US three weeks ago. Photo: Ella Smith
THANKFUL: Hugo and Rachael Young with his new $10,000 purpose-built wheelchair, which the Gunnedah community helped fundraise for. It arrived from the US three weeks ago. Photo: Ella Smith

THE Gunnedah community has rallied behind a local family to help deliver a new wheelchair to three-year-old Hugo Young.

Hugo was diagnosed with hypotonic choreo athetoid cerebral palsy at just six-months-old, meaning he has quite low muscle tone, and poor trunk control and fine-motor skills.

His parents, Jonathan and Rachael, began crowdfunding to purchase a special supportive wheelchair for Hugo back in April.

The community has since fundraised about $16,500 for the cause, with the purpose-made wheelchair, which can extend to grow with Hugo until about the age of eight, arriving from the US three weeks ago.

“We use it every day,” Mrs Young said.

“It’s a lot easier to get him out and about and he’s more comfortable.

“It’s making a world of difference.

“Jono and I are just really touched by how generous people have been. 

“It was amazing.

“Lots of bad stuff happens in the world, but there’s also a whole lot of good.”