A special present for a special little boy

L to R Front Diane Smith and Sports Centre manager Fran Goodfellow with Benjamin'Back row Kelly and Rob Armstrong .
L to R Front Diane Smith and Sports Centre manager Fran Goodfellow with Benjamin'Back row Kelly and Rob Armstrong .

A DISABLED youngster received a special gift at Christmas, thanks to a generous Ponteland businessman.

Three-year-old Benjamin Cameron suffers from epilepsy, four-limb cystic fibrosis and impaired vision and is unable to walk or talk.

Family friends decided to buy Benjamin an iPad with apps to enable him to engage with sight, sound and movement, and develop his touch and reaction skills, so they set up a fund-raising Christmas stall at Kenton Park Sports Centre.

Ponteland resident Rob Armstrong, who is Director of MTrec Recruitment, was visiting the centre to play tennis as he grew up in Kenton and regularly uses the sports facility.

As soon as he heard about the initiative he went out and bought an iPad so that Benjamin would have it in time for Christmas.

He said: “The kind-hearted people manning the stall asked me to buy a Christmas bauble to help the fund-raisers buy Benjamin an iPad.

“I realised that despite their best efforts there wouldn’t be enough money donated to buy the iPad before Christmas.

“Christmas is a very special time of year and I hope that this gesture from MTrec will help a very special little boy in ways that we can’t even imagine.

“I know from talking to Benjamin’s family that the new iPad will build on the good work done by his carers, the staff at Mountfield Playgroup and the two schools he attends, Percy Hedley and Hadrian School.”

Mr Armstrong and his business partner David Musgrave have helped several good causes in the past year, including Hadrian School and Cruddas Park Boxing Club.