Raising funding for Riley

Riley Rambles in his 'Upsee' harness which helps him play with his sister

Riley Rambles in his 'Upsee' harness which helps him play with his sister

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A Blackpool grandmother has pulled out all the stops to raise money for her paralysed baby grandson.

Yvonne Sutcliffe, 48, vowed to do whatever she could to help 19-month-old Riley Rambles when he was diagnosed with Congenital Paraplegia in July.

Right now he can only drag himself around and gets carpet burns on his hands and wrists

Paraplegia is a serious physical condition which renders a person completely paralysed from the chest down.

Riley will never be able to walk or use the bathroom on his own.

Mrs Sutcliffe’s fund-raising efforts helped raise £300 to buy a special ‘Upsee’ harness that allows baby Riley to ‘walk’ upright with his mum, Hayley Rambles, 22, from Blackpool.

Mrs Sutcliffe, who lives at Pennine Close, said: “The Upsee has helped him get around more. He loves pushing his sister Lyla’s pram – he always wanted to do it, but obviously he was never able to.”

Miss Rambles, who now lives in Manchester, added: “Riley really looks up to his big sister and copies her, so when he can’t do the things she can he gets quite frustrated.

“If she’s playing with her toy kitchen he can’t reach the drawers because he can’t stand up.

“The Upsee has really helped them play together and go outside more.”

Riley was born at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital in March 2014.

Early years practitioner Mrs Sutcliffe says she knew from the very start that he was paralysed.

She said: “We knew there was something wrong with his legs because he didn’t seem to have any feeling in them.

“People told us he was just a late developer.”

Now Mrs Sutcliffe hopes to raise even more money to ensure that her grandson stays smiling.

She said: “I want to raise enough money to buy Riley soft play toys for his room.

“Right now he can only drag himself around and gets carpet burns on his hands and wrists.

“We want a place where he can play safely.”

Her latest event, ‘Riley’s Halloween Fundraiser’, will take place on Saturday at The Talbot at Milbourne Street in North Shore ,and will feature a DJ, tombola prizes, face-painting and a spooky fancy dress competition.

The event starts at 1pm and all are welcome.

Mrs Sutcliffe said: “We want to raise as much money as we can.”