23rd Mar, 2019

Disabled Northfield teenager's stolen spa replaced, thanks to Redditch's Rob and Maggie from Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation

THE FAMILY of a disabled teenager say they have been ‘overwhelmed by the love and generosity’ after a Redditch couple replaced a spa he depended on.

Daniel Armstrong’s Miami Lazi Spa was taken from his garden in Corwen Croft, Northfield, last Tuesday, prompting the family to appeal for help through South Birmingham community website B31 Voices.

The 17-year-old has Cerebral Palsy and Crohn’s Disease and uses the spa for pain and stress relief.

When Maggie and Rob Underwood, who run Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation, read about Daniel’s plight they got in touch and replaced the spa.

Matt, from Northfield mobile phone repair shop Get It Fixed, has donated a shed and CCTV to help make the new spa more secure and Steve Clarke, also from Northfield, set up a GoFundMe page. Any extra funds will go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Saving Hearts Foundation.

Daniel’s family said Daniel was over the moon with it all.

Daniel’s mum Sharon told B31 Voices: “We are still in shock at receiving a spa.

“It’s made Daniel one happy boy.

“We are so happy, and thank you all so much for your help.

“There are good people in this world.”

Rob and Maggie Underwood founded Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation to fund defibrillators for community groups and businesses following the death of their children Charlotte and Craig from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).

They faced further devastation in January this year when Carrick, who was 19, also passed away.

Maggie said: “When we read it we couldn’t sit back and do nothing, particularly with Charlotte’s and Carrick’s birthdays coming up.

“Craig was originally diagnosed with cerebral palsy, like Daniel, which we now know was a misdiagnosis.

“We posted a message on our page to check our supporters would be happy with us contributing as our funds are for heart machines and they said ‘go for it’.

“Rob went and got the spa and he had it within 24 hours of the theft.

“We had to see the smile back on Daniel’s face.”

Sas Taylor, who runs B31 Voices, said: “It was an amazing reaction and it was awesome that Rob and Maggie who have had so much to deal with themselves came forward to help.

“The extra security provided by a shed and CCTV donated by Matt from Get It Fixed will really help, as I know Daniel has been shaken by this theft. “Every single person who read his story, offered support or donations is a superstar.

“We’re so happy that a negative piece of news has had such a positive outcome.

“It’s humbling to be part of such a generous, supportive, big-hearted community.”

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