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 News Stories

51 reports were made to police

Reports relating to as many as 18 brothels have been made to Havering Police in the past year, new figures show.

Yesterday, 18:33

As fireworks light up the skies above Havering, firefighters have walked out in a strike that has been described as putting “people’s lives at risk”.

Yesterday, 17:45
Enjoy firework displays being held across the borough.

Get into the bonfire spirit with firework nights across the borough.

Yesterday, 17:37

A 28-year-old woman spent five hours trapped in her bathroom after the door’s lock failed to open.

Most read news

WW100

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

News from your area

The billionaire businessman is joining his team in the Mojave desert.

“Space is hard and today was a tough day.”

One pilot is dead and another seriously injured after the craft exploded over the Mojave desert.

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture crashed during a test flight. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket came down in the Mojave Desert in California. An eyewitness reported that the craft exploded in flight after ignition. A Virgin Galactic spokesman said the […]

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition