Patrick Conyard and his family attended an afternoon of tea and scones with members of Variety the Children’s Charity, Wessex at the Chewton Glen Hotel, New Milton, to enable Patrick to show his new suit, which had been provided by the local Charity.

The suit was purchased with funds raised following a special lunch in July, also held at the Chewton Glen Hotel, with Kate Adie OBE. Kate was very informative about her life as a journalist and former chief correspondent for BBC News and the lunch raised in excess of £3,000.

Patrick is severely physically disabled and requires full time care and attention from his mother. He cannot sit unaided, is a wheelchair user and relies on specialist seating and standing frames to maintain good health.

Patrick’s suit is made with special support and materials, which correct Patrick’s posture, taking pressure away from his core muscles and making it easier for him to concentrate on his functional abilities. He is more vocal when wearing the suit and as the suit helps him sit straighter and taller, his breathing improves, he is less lethargic and his concentration is greatly improved.

Despite his disabilities Patrick is a very happy and generally healthy little boy and thoroughly enjoyed his afternoon at the Chewton Glen.