WHILE most youngsters dread being dragged to the shops with their mum, little Chloe Jenkins treasures it.
The three-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and dystonia, finds it difficult to take any family trips because of mobility problems.
But the youngster, from Castletown, now hopes a new appeal will help raise £3,000 to buy a specially-designed tandem buggy, which will allow her to join her mum, sister and brothers on regular visits to the shops, park and playground.
“Having two children in separate chairs is very difficult to manage and I have to have another adult with me to take them out of the house at the same time,” said mum-of-four Beverley Armstrong, 31.
“The tandem buggy is a wheelchair and second carrier for a small child.
“The wheelchair can be separated from the other carrier and is adaptable so that Chloe can use it until she is about 10 years old.”
Pennywell-based charity Hope 4 Kidz is holding a fund-raiser at Lumley Castle Hotel, Chester-le-Street, to begin the campaign.
Beverley, who is also mother to Caitlin, six, Brandon, four and Nathan, six months, said: “The buggy (below) will make a massive difference. It will make life so much easier.
“I have two other children and when I go to pick them up from school or go to the shops, I have to leave Chloe in the house with an adult.
“She often starts to cry because she really wants to come along, but the double-buggy I have isn’t designed for older children and it doesn’t have any supports.
“The tandem buggy will allow us to go to the shops and the park together.
“It means the whole family can go for days out together.”
Viv Watts, chief executive of Hope 4 Kidz, is confident the appeal will be a success.
“Chloe is a happy, delightful little princess who copes with her problems on a daily basis,” she said.
“We would be grateful for any offers of fund-raising towards purchasing the specialist tandem buggy.”
The Viva Las Vegas black tie ball, which takes place on June 17, will feature a special guest performance by “UK Elvis” Mike Memphis and his showgirls.
After a four-course dinner, guests will enjoy gambling with “funny money” on casino tables, as well as taking part in raffles, auctions and dances.
Tickets are £47.50 each or £427.50 for a table of 10.
Partygoers can stay overnight in a courtyard room for £95, including breakfast.
For more information or to join the appeal, call 534 7788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org