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£8,000 powerchair campaign for Emma

Emma Hobson, 14, was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
Emma Hobson, 14, was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Staff at Langlands Garden Centre are coming together to raise funds for a new electric powerchair for local girl who was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Emma Hobson, 14, whose father Ian works at the Shiptonthorpe centre, relies on a wheelchair and regularly enjoys taking part in sports such as wheelchair races with Leeds City athletics club and powerchair football with Hull and East Riding Electric Eels, who have lent her the current powerchair.

To allow Emma to enjoy the freedom of having her own powerchair, several fundraising efforts are currently underway to help reach an £8,000 target, with staff getting involved with a number of events and activities over the coming months.

Langland’s director James Ducker, alongside Claire Share, took part in the Yorkshire Tough Mudder event at Broughton Hall at the weekend.

Other plans include a family fun day on Sunday 5 August at Goodmanham Dale, featuring games, a mini assault course and a display from the local baton girls, and an evening of live music to be held at Langlands on Friday 21 September, with an auction by Chris Clubley of Clubleys estate agents.

Claire Share and husband Rick will be taking on the challenge of the Hull Marathon and the Dalby Forest Marathon.

Finally, the couple will also be holding an online number raffle of a memorabilia photograph of the 1966 World Cup, and a signed and mounted Manchester United champions league shirt, both kindly donated by Richard Middleton of CTS Shopfitting in Hull.

Mr Ducker said: “Emma is a great girl who I’ve got to know through her father Ian and my daughter, who goes to school with her.

“She loves her sport and we know that this new powerchair will give her a much-deserved boost and help her enjoy doing more of what she loves.”