Family’s swim challenge will help Sam (6)

from left, Catherine Miller, Kath Miller and Alison Fairbairn are doing the great north swim for their great nephew who needs an electric wheelchair
from left, Catherine Miller, Kath Miller and Alison Fairbairn are doing the great north swim for their great nephew who needs an electric wheelchair
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A caring trio have pledged to take the plunge in aid of a Garstang schoolboy.

Kath Miller and her two daughters – Alison Fairbairn and Catherine Miller – will dive right in to a challenge next month, to help raise funds for a vital piece of equipment for Kath’s great nephew, Sam Billington.

Sam Billington, Kath Miller's nephew, aged six, from Garstang

Sam Billington, Kath Miller's nephew, aged six, from Garstang

Six-year-old Sam, of Garstang, has cerebral palsy and quadriplegia, and needs a new specialist electric wheelchair which will allow him to move around different terrain and not have to rely on being pushed all the time.

Sam was born 10 weeks early and was on life support for eight days. He has no use in his legs or arms and no use in his left hand. He is also unable to stand or sit.

So Kath and Catherine, of Preesall, and Alison, of Kirkham, decided to take on the Great North Swim, in June, in lake Windermere – under the banner Swim 4 Sam.

The Extreme X8 Terrain powered chair would allow Sam to move around much more freely – especially on his family’s farm.

He is a bright little boy, and he gets frustrated as he watches his two sisters running around and playing on the farm

Kath

Kath, 54, said: “My eldest daughter did the Great North Swim last year, for the Second Skin Cerebral Palsy Blackpool charity.

“After losing a lot of weight, I lost 4st, I wanted something to aim for this year.

“My eldest daughter said she would do it again and along the way we picked up my other daughter too.

“Sam, who is my great nephew, needs a special all-terrain wheelchair.

“He is a bright little boy, and he gets frustrated as he watches his two sisters running around and playing on the farm.

“This chair would help him to be supported to play out and to be like his sisters. It would really be fantastic for him.”

• You can support the family by visiting https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/catherine-miller-1