George (who has a twin brother Harry) and a younger sister Abby, was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2.

“His condition means his muscles are extremely weak and he will never be able to stand or walk and has therefore been reliant on manual and powered wheelchairs from the age of two,” explains his mother Liz.

In early 2018, the family decided it was time to replace George’s powerchair as he needed a model with additional features. They attended several exhibitions to see what was available and George tried a handful of different chairs.

“The Piccolino had been suggested to me by a couple of mothers who also have children with SMA Type 2 and, as soon as we met Matt from Precision Rehab and George saw the Piccolino for himself, he loved it,” says Liz.

Shortly after meeting, Matt visited George to conduct a full assessment.

“When Matt visited us with the demo chair, I was really impressed with the way he worked with George.

“He didn’t try and push the chair onto George but let him explore the chair and work out all the features for himself and took the time to answer all George’s questions – of which there were quite a few.

“Matt was also adamant that the chair should fit George as opposed to George fitting the chair.”

Matt, who runs Precision Rehab with his wife Emma, says: “We tailored George’s Piccolino to meet his exact requirements by mounting the joystick to aid his posture, fitting a different seat belt and custom lower leg length.

“We also fitted additional lateral supports to provide George with increased postural support as he is quite slim for his height and made numerous other modifications.”

Thanks to George’s Piccolino being able to adjust to a horizontal position, it practically converts into a changing table which makes it much easier to help George with his toileting when the family are out.

George also hates missing out on any lesson time at school and thanks to this feature on the chair, the changing process is much quicker for staff to complete and George is only out of class for a few minutes.

The Lockley family love to enjoy days out and to help make this as easy as possible, Precision Rehab also arranged for a crash tested Paravan automatic vehicle docking system (fitted by an authorised Vehicle adaption specialist) to be installed in their vehicle.

“George’s Piccolino is the best chair he’s ever had. The service from Precision Rehab has been second to none and I would not hesitate in recommending them to any parent looking for a powerchair for their child.

“The chair has changed our lives as a family as we can now do so much more together and George is happier and more confident than ever” adds Liz.

With seat widths of 270 – 430 mm, a depth of 320 – 385 mm, and back height of 400 – 480 mm combined with side supports, head support and other seat accessories all of which are multi variable and individually adjustable, the Piccolino is a truly versatile powered wheelchair which can meet the needs of young powered wheelchair users.

Precision Rehab is a family business with a team that has over 25 years’ experience in the assessment, sales and servicing of specialist powered wheelchairs.

To discuss the full range of powerchairs available from Precision Rehab or book an assessment please call 01256 300111, email: info@precisionrehab.co.uk or visit www.precisionrehab.co.uk.