‘How can they sleep at night?’: Hornchurch teenager suffering rare genetic condition has wheelchair stolen
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.
You may also want to watch:
“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.
- 1 Mick Norcross, The Only Way Is Essex star, has died aged 57
- 2 Watch police fine seven in Romford for watching TV together
- 3 Queen's and King George hospitals appeal for volunteers to support end of life patients
- 4 'A tax on relationships': Politicians criticise boundary charge proposal
- 5 NHS nurse assaulted at east London hospital
- 6 Covid deaths increase at Queen's and King George hospitals this week
- 7 Harvey, 7, died after electric shock 'flowed through his body', court hears
- 8 British Gas engineers burn contracts at Havering Town Hall in defiance of 'sign or be fired'
- 9 De Rougemont Hotel plans to revert to being homes
- 10 Council report reveals concern that borough's Covid vaccination drive may be held back
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8477 3810.