Chad's back on the supermarket sweep
By Patrick LowmanFOR most four-year-olds, the thought of being dragged around the supermarket by their mum is their worst nightmare.But for Chad Wright, doing just that is a dream come true.
By Patrick Lowman
FOR most four-year-olds, the thought of being dragged around the supermarket by their mum is their worst nightmare.
But for Chad Wright, doing just that is a dream come true.
For the past couple of months the young muscular dystrophy sufferer has been forced to miss out on the weekly shopping trips he loved so much after growing too big for the child seats on the shopping trolleys.
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Now, thanks to kind-hearted staff at the Waitrose supermarket in Sudbury, young Chad is once again cruising the aisles with his proud mum in a trolley designed especially for him.
Every week Chad and his brothers, Charlie, one and George, two, and their mother, Penny, enjoyed a weekly trip to the supermarket.
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The vibrant colours and bustling atmosphere of the supermarket made the trips an enjoyable experience for the youngster and helped with his development.
But Mrs Wright was forced to start leaving Chad at home while she did the shopping because he had grown too big for the standard trolley seats,
However, the store's department manager, Alice Lane, has now stepped in to save the day after hearing of the youngster's plight.
Mrs Lane discussed ways of finding a solution with her bosses at Waitrose, who came up with the idea of having a trolley specially-built for Chad.
The company commissioned a firm in Surrey to make a special bespoke trolley for Chad, costing £800.
The trolley, which comes with side and head rests, is fully adjustable, ensuring Chad can have a comfortable ride around the supermarket.
Mrs Wright, who lives in Upper East Street, Sudbury, said: “What Waitrose has done is fantastic and I am so grateful. Recently I have had to leave Chad at home, which meant he had to miss out on another experience.
“Every experience he misses, is a bit more normality he loses out on. Every experience helps Chad with his development.
“Chad loves being in the supermarket because he really enjoys all the vibrant colours and it is a stimulating place to bring him. He now squeals in delight as we go around.”
Miss Lane said: “We always used to see Chad in the shop, but the usual baby seats were just not suitable.
”When his mother told us the problem, we didn't want him to miss out so we had the trolley made especially for him.
“It is great to see him back here and we are so pleased we could help. Although the trolley is for Chad we will allow other children with disabilities to use it.”