A CHARITY appeal to raise £7,000 for a Winchester nine-year-old in need of a specialist bed has seen a promising response from the city council.

Last week, the Hampshire Chronicle featured a story about Finley Collyer, who is deaf, has Downs syndrome, autism, and the mental age of a two-year old.

His mum, Helen, had contacted Southern-based children’s charity Newlife to help raise funds for a Safespace bed, which would keep Finley from leaving his bedroom unsupervised.

He often wakes during the night and puts himself in danger by climbing furniture and trying to leave the room, so Helen has been sleeping on his bedroom floor.

Since, Gillian Knight, corporate head of housing at Winchester City Council, has approached the Chronicle to help get in contact with Finley’s family.

Her email said: “I spoke with a member of your team about a news story written in respect of Finley Collyer’s need for a specialist bed to keep him safe at home.

Hampshire Chronicle:

“Just to mention that the city council can assist with the full costs to provide the bed through a Disabled Facilities Grant and so I would be grateful if you could pass on my contact details to the family should they be interested in exploring this opportunity.”

Mrs Knight added: “We may also be in position to help with any other related changes and specialist equipment that may be required within the home.”

Further donations to Finley’s cause can be made by contacting Newlife on 01543 431444 or by texting FINC10 to 70070.

Alternatively, email local@newlifecharity.co.uk.

Newlife says money raised above the amount needed for Finley’s Safespace will be used to help other disabled and terminally ill children in the South East.