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Award-winning property developer, Crest Nicholson, has teamed up with Variety, a UK charity that works to improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people, to provide 16-year-old Callum Palmer from Fareham, with his very own wheelchair.

Callum suffers from Spina Bifida, which greatly affects his mobility. With little and, at times, no feeling in his lower legs and feet, Callum had been using an NHS wheelchair for five years. Bulky and difficult to manoeuvre, Callum had long wished for a lightweight wheelchair of his own.

As part of Crest Nicholson Regeneration’s support for the Variety Charity, the Portchester Community College student was presented with his own custom built lightweight wheelchair at the Centenary Quay development in Southampton. Callum is currently working hard to fulfil his dreams of becoming a Paralympian wheelchair basketball player, whilst studying hard at college.

Debbie Aplin, managing director of Crest Nicholson Regeneration, said: “It was a privilege to be able to assist Callum by providing a new state of the art, general purpose lightweight wheelchair, which has been made to his very own personal specification. Callum is a strongly motivated young man determined to succeed despite the many challenges he faces every day. We look forward to seeing Callum achieving his ambition to be a Paralympian wheelchair basketball player.”  

Mike Haszko, Interim Head of Fundraising for Variety, said: “We are delighted to receive the continuing support of Crest Nicholson Regeneration whose funding is a lifeline to people such as Callum. We believe that neither disability nor disadvantage should prevent a child from realising their full potential, so we provide coaches, wheelchairs and specialist equipment through our grant programmes.”