Big lift for disabled toddler Shay

Shay Kenny (in red) with mum Jackie, dad Marc and brothers Braden (7) and Darragh (4)
Shay Kenny (in red) with mum Jackie, dad Marc and brothers Braden (7) and Darragh (4)

A disabled toddler is looking forward to a more independent future after his parents secured funding for a stairlift.

Shay Kenny, three, was diagnosed with PVL (Periventricular Leukomalacia), which generally affects speech and mobility, at the age of 14 months.

As well as suffering from PVL, Shay is also affected by cerebral palsy and epilepsy, as well as vision problems, which mean he only has 10% vision out of his right eye,

He desperately needs the lift to help him get around his home in Lavric Road.

His parents Jackie, 37 and Marc , 37 campaigned hard to raise the cash, hosting a range of charity events.

But the Vale Of Aylesbury Housing Trust has come forward to offer the £4,500, meaning that the extra cash can be spent on making the toddler’s life even happier.

Marc said: “It’s brilliant, we can now use the funds to do a safe sensory garden for Shay with bright colours for him.

“It’s worked out really well.

“The stairlift is going to make life a lot safer for Shay and he will be able to get to the shower more easily.

“He will also have more independence because we won’t have to stand behind him while he crawls up the stairs, it’s brilliant.”

The new stairlift will be in place in three weeks, and the family believes that its installation will mark a new chapter in their lives.

Shay will now find it easier to play with his two brothers Braden, eight and Barragh, four, who have also joined in the fundraising drive by getting school friends involved in the project.

Marc said: “St Joseph’s Infant school raised £635 for wear a red day, which is Shay’s favourite colour.

“St Edward’s Junior School set up five events called Shay’s days to go towards a stairlift.

“We have had amazing support from the community.”

Earlier this month Leighton Town FC held a cup semi-final against Aylesbury Utd where a donation bucket was passed round for Shay at the match.

And a mammoth fundraising event, which was attended by MP David Lidington, raised nearly £2,000 for the cause.

Marc said: “We would like to thank everyone for their time and efforts in raising funds for a stairlift for Shay, we really appreciate it.”