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Katie Creegan (9) from Derriaghy in Lisburn recently received a life changing boost from the Energy for Children Charitable Trust, having successfully been awarded funding for a swivel car seat to help with transport.

Katie has down syndrome and suffers from cerebral palsy which has left her wheelchair bound and requiring 24 hour care. Katie’s mum, Anne Marie, applied to the Charity for funding to request a new car seat to aid in transporting Katie to her medical appointments.

The Charity awarded Katie a new specialist swivel car seat, allowing for easier vehicle access and a more comfortable journey, as well as assisting care workers and her family.

Mum Anne Marie explains, “Katie has outgrown her current car seat which makes transporting her to her many medical appointments very difficult and unsafe. Thanks to the Energy for Children Charity, Katie now has a specialised seat that can grow with her and it also swivels, so getting her in and out of the car is much easier and much more practical. Katie is delighted with her seat and often doesn’t want to get out of it! We can’t thank Energy for Children enough for their support.”

Charity Liaison Officer, Geri Wright, said, “I’m delighted to see how much of a difference this new car seat has made to Katie’s life. With Katie’s condition, she had outgrown her car seat making transportation uncomfortable and potentially dangerous. Now, Katie can enjoy safer transport and, most importantly, benefit from a specialist piece of equipment that will grow with her over the years.

“This is exactly why the Charity exists, to help local children like Katie who are most in need and I’m thrilled to see the positive impact it is having on the Creegan family.”

Energy for Children is an initiative of Phoenix Natural Gas and the wider natural gas industry. The Charity was established in 2005 to provide financial support to groups and individuals that may slip through the net of the wider charity network.

Founded on the principle that ‘all monies raised go directly to local children and young people’, the Trust aims to reach deeper into the heart of local communities throughout Greater Belfast and beyond in order to really make a difference to disadvantaged children’s lives.

Since its formation, the trust has helped over 6,000 local children and every month continues to help those who need it most.

For more information on the Energy for Children Charitable Trust, visit www.phoenixgroupni.com/about-the-phoenix-group/corporate-responsibility/energy-for-children-charitable-trust/

(Caption): Energy for Children Charity Liaison Officer, Geri Wright, congratulates Katie Creegan (9) and mum Anne Marie for receiving a specialist swivel car seat from the Energy for Children Charitable Trust for Katie to assist with transport.

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