The family of a Harrogate youngster battling a degenerative illness has been able to invest a substantial sum of money into making his life more comfortable thanks to customers from a local hardware store.
Harrogate hardware store Wrayways handed over a total of £1,735 to 12-year-old Ryan Seeber’s family – raised by tradesmen and the public who each spent £5 on a box of screws from Wrayways with raffle tickets hidden inside.
Prizes included a flat-screen digital HD TV, power tools, work clothing and a chance to emulate the stars of Strictly Come Dancing with salsa lessons for two.
“We’re extremely grateful to everyone who contributed,” said Ryan’s mum, Rachel. “The money will help to ensure Ryan can enjoy quality family time at home and will make caring for him that bit easier.
“Like everyone, we have good days and bad days and, when we feel a bit down, it really makes a difference when you know there are people out there willing to help.”
The money raised by Wrayways’ customers will go towards the cost of a new cover for a buggy – originally bought for the Seebers by David and Victoria Beckham – which allows Ryan, who suffers from Hunter syndrome, to join the family on country walks.
In addition, the family also intends to buy a therapeutic bean bag and a riding seat which Ryan can sit on and which helps to stimulate his limbs, reducing the risk of deep-vein thrombosis.
They also plan to install a camera monitoring system at home to allow Ryan to sleep in his own room rather than with his parents.
Wrayways’ Kevin Davies said he was inspired to help the Seebers after meeting them through mutual friends.
He said: “The family really are an inspiration; their life revolves around caring for Ryan but they’re always cheerful and never complain. Ryan might not be able to speak but his smile can light up a room and we hope the little extra money can help make that happen. We would like to say a big thank you to all our customers who helped,”