A couple have been given a makeover by two Whitley Bay businesses in recognition of their hard work in caring for their disabled son.
Sally Walker and husband Neil were presented with the new clothing as part of Escape Boutique’s tenth and Mitchell’s Menswear’s first anniversary celebrations.
Their son Nat, who is two-and-a-half-years-old, suffers from cerebral palsy with dyskinsesia and dystonia, conditions which affect his arms and legs.
Nat relies on a specialist ‘Bug’ buggy, which was supplied by the NHS, to help with his posture.
The essential piece of kits allows his parents to take him out and about to see the world, but until recently they could only do so for short periods on fine days because the canopy rain hood and special feeding tray had to be purchased separately.
Sally applied to the Sunshine Fund, which immediately agreed to fund the accessories.
Escape Boutique and Mitchell’s Menswear owners Lisa and Carl Mitchell worked with the Sunshine Fund team to find a family who could benefit from their celebrations.
In addition to the makeover, the whole family will also be treated to a meal in the secret garden at gastro pub The Beehive, Earsdon, courtesy of managers Shaun Kelly and Joanne Curgenven.
Lisa said: “Being a carer is a difficult and demanding job and we wanted to surprise someone deserving as part of our anniversary celebrations.
“Sally and Neil put in so much time and effort caring for Nat that we thought it was time they received something nice for themselves.
“We have a huge range of women’s clothing at Escape and men’s fashions at Mitchell’s so hopefully they enjoyed choosing something special.”
Sally and Neil selected their outfits during what was one of their first trips out from their home in Jesmond without Nat.
Sally said: “We don’t go out in the evenings very often but now Nat is off oxygen we’re hoping to change that. This was the first time that we were able to leave him to have his tea with someone other than one of us.
“Nat’s condition means that he has significant additional needs. He is unable to sit unaided or crawl or walk. He also has moderate to severe hearing loss.
“But what he can do is smile, laugh, giggle and communicate in his own special way. He is adorable and I am incredibly proud of what he has achieved so far.
“We had a wonderful visit to Escape Boutique and Mitchell’s Menswear and would like to thank Lisa and Carl for such a treat.”