LITTLE Narrabri tot Cindee Rose has lent her beautiful smile to this year’s Christmas fundraising appeal by disability service provider Northcott.
Two-year-old Cindee has cerebral palsy but thanks to Northcott’s dedicated staff and Tamworth equipment clinic, the condition hasn’t slowed her down and she’s getting on with leading a mobile, and very independent, life.
Her parents, Scott and Louise, are sharing their story to raise money for Northcott Equipment, a service that helps people with disabilities lead life to the fullest.
To assist with Cindee’s mobility, a set of orthotics needed to be made and fitted to her legs.
It means, with the aid of a walking frame, she can start to build the strength in her legs to be able to move around on her own.
“If it wasn’t for Northcott I have no idea how we would have arranged to have these orthoses made or fitted,” Mrs Rose said.
“Without the Northcott clinic in Tamworth we’d have to travel to Newcastle or Sydney every time Cindee needed an assessment or fitting and that would be almost impossible.
“It makes such a difference to Cindee to have these and to get them so quickly.”
Northcott chief executive officer Kerry Stubbs said with more money, the not-for-profit provider could boost services to people in regional areas.
“The lack of these services in country towns means waiting times for equipment increase and for young children this can lead to added problems,” she said.
“We need to do more to help people with disabilities in country areas access our equipment services by providing more regional clinics like the one in Tamworth.”