A DISABLED man needs to raise thousands of pounds before the end of the year, or he will miss out on a crucial wheelchair.

Sam Waddington, 21, of Bishopstoke, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

This genetic disorder progressively degenerates and weakens muscles in Sam’s body.

As his condition worsens, he needs an advanced powered wheelchair, with features that are not included on models offered by the NHS. It will cost between £15,000 and £20,000.

Sam, who graduated in journalism from Winchester University this summer, said: “As my disability progresses and I become less mobile my physical needs will be greater.

“I use my wheelchair all the time so it is crucial I have a chair that can meet these needs, providing me with the right comfort and support that will be more difficult for me to manage myself as I get older.

“Just like any other adult, I like to have my independence so it’s important I have a reliable wheelchair that doesn’t affect this. The wheelchair is an added expense as my family and I are soon to be paying for adaptations to my family home, so I can be more independent as an adult, which will cost tens of thousands.

“I’ve been given £5,000 charity funding for the wheelchair but it has to be used by the end of 2018, so I’m working hard to get funding from other charities and through my fundraising page.”

He has completed work experience with the Daily Echo, as well as writing pieces for the Chronicle and is currently applying to work alongside charities.

Sam has raised over half of the target £3,000 on his JustGiving page so far.