Search

‘How can they sleep at night?’: Hornchurch teenager suffering rare genetic condition has wheelchair stolen

14:25 01 May 2014

An 18-year-old suffering from a rare genetic condition has had his wheelchair stolen from outside his family home.

George Crowther, 18, of Ravenscourt Drive, Hornchurch, suffers from Angelman Syndrome, which affects the nervous system, causing severe physical and intellectual disability.

On Tuesday evening, after returning from Ravensbourne School in Neave Crescent, Harold Hill, where he is in Year 12, his chair was stolen from the drive.

His mother, Sharon, hit out at the culprits and appealed for the return of the chair, as well as George’s harness, which was also taken.

“He needs it to travel and for school,” she said. “The bus driver brings him home off the school bus and we help him indoors, then we leave the chair outside until we go to bed and bring it in.

“The bus driver, a lovely man, drove around to look for it this morning but couldn’t find it.”

The school agreed to cancel any activities that would have required George to use his chair, and told Sharon they would look after his needs.

The chair, a Lomax Uni 9, belongs to disabled services, and has parts made especially for George, including straps for his feet.

“How can they sleep at night? Taking someone’s chair who is disabled. They must have known what they were doing,” said his mother.

“If somebody tries to sell you one, a Lomax Uni 9, with a sticker that says ‘Belongs to Disabled Services’, it might be George’s.”

On Wednesday George travelled to school on the school bus using his spare harness, while Sharon awaited a new chair from wheelchair services.

If you have any information of the chair’s whereabouts, email sam.gelder@archant.co.uk or call 020 8477 3810.

Latest Romford News Stories

17 minutes ago
Claire Hawkes underwent a pioneering new surgery to treat her high blood pressure.

A Harold Wood woman has become the first person in the UK to undergo a pioneering new surgery to help treat high blood pressure.

Yesterday, 14:41
A taxi driver died after crashing into the bus stop in Station Lane, Hornchurch

A taxi driver has died and two passengers were injured after a car crashed into a bus stop.

Yesterday, 12:00
Lisa Wright will be performing at the Havering Show this year.

As excitement builds for this year’s Havering Show two more performers have been announced.

Yesterday, 10:00
A127 Ardleigh Green Bridge

Road users and nearby residents are preparing for 10 months of travel “chaos” as part of the A127 is set to become a single carriageway.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Members of the Habbit Factory

A friendly and inclusive drama group are inviting children of all abilities to join.

Friday, July 22, 2016
Travellers who set up camp in the closed park in OldChurch Road, Romford.

One man was arrested on suspicion of fly tipping and criminal damage as travellers were moved on from Oldchurch Park early this morning (Friday)

Friday, July 22, 2016
Tony Cottee celebrates a goal for West Ham

West Ham “legend” Tony Cottee, will be visiting The Liberty Shopping Centre tomorrow for the opening of a betting shop.

Friday, July 22, 2016
Officers line South Street as they prepare for revellers to leave Fiction nightclub

Sat in a police van, officers switch their gaze up and down Romford town centre watching for any disorder.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All entrants can get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now