CEREBRAL PALSY sufferer Daryn Robinson is to benefit from £10,000 funding.
Daryn, 47, from East Boldon, has been using services provided by a North East disability charity since he was four years old when he started primary school.
Now the charity – Newcastle-based the Percy Hedley Foundation – is set to receive £10,000 from the Vote That Counts campaign, a competition run by the People’s Postcode Trust.
Sports lover and lifelong Sunderland AFC supporter Daryn said: “I think it is great that they have won the money. It will help me a lot.
“It will be put to very good use.”
Daryn’s legs and right arm are affected by cerebral palsy meaning he uses a wheelchair full time.
He has been using services provided by the Percy Hedley Foundation for more than 40 years, and says that the staff and other service users have become like a second family.
“I have got a lot of friends here,” he said: “I live in the foundation’s residential accommodation in a bedsit. They take care of me, and now I can do things I never thought I would be able to do.”
Daryn, who has two sisters and a brother who visit him every week, makes the journey to Sunderland for every home game at the Stadium of Light.
Daryn, who now runs his own mobile disco and uses it to DJ parties held by the foundation, for both its school pupils and adult residents, still takes part in a range of activities and says he is still learning.
“I do a range of things,” he said.
“Sport and leisure activities, computing and media as well as other things. You name it, I do it.
“I’ll try anything once, like I said, things I never thought I would be able to do.
“The foundation has helped me hugely.”
Daryn completed a City and Guilds course in Sound Recording and Journalism, and also did work experience at the Sunderland Echo in the mid-1990s.
Julie Calvert, head of income generation at the Percy Hedley Foundation, said: “From a very young age, our specialist physiotherapists have been working with Daryn to make sure he reaches his physical potential and acquires the skills to be as independent as possible.
“Daryn enjoys a full and active life and is someone who really doesn’t let disability stand in his way.”
The foundation faced competition from a number of national charities in the bid to win the £10,000.
The Vote That Counts challenged charities around the North East to achieve the highest number of online votes from the public to win their share of £30,000.