A five-year-old girl with heart defects and who suffers from extreme tiredness has been gifted a life-changing custom-made wheelchair.

Robyn Payne, of Beccles and who attends Worlingham Primary School, has a number of complex heart defects.

She spent the majority of her early life in Great Ormond Street Hospital and has had five major heart operations.

The five-year-old has absence episodes and suffers from extreme tiredness at times, making it difficult for her to walk too far.

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Beccles & Bungay Journal: Robyn Payne is delighted with her life-changing wheelchair Robyn Payne is delighted with her life-changing wheelchair (Image: Submitted)

To help her, the Beccles charity Diamond Jubilee Aid-in-Sickness Fund has issued a grant of £5,000 to provide Ms Payne a custom-made wheelchair to help her to get around.

Robyn’s mum, Rachel Payne, said: “Thank you so much to the trustees of the fund for funding Robyn’s wheelchair.

"To say she is excited is an understatement and it just gives her so much more independence too.”

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Beccles & Bungay Journal: Great Ormond Street HospitalGreat Ormond Street Hospital (Image: Dave Hobday)

Dr Tony Bubb, chairman of trustees for the fund, said: “Trustees were pleased to be able to support this application.

"We hope that the custom-made chair will help Robyn to be more independent.”

The Diamond Jubilee Aid-in-Sickness Fund was set up in 1897, for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

The fund’s remit is “for the benefit of needy, sick or infirm persons in the town of Beccles”.

This means that the charity can provide grants for the supply of special foods or medicines, medical comforts, extra bedding, fuel and medical or surgical appliances to relieve suffering, disability or infirmity.

Anyone in need of any age is eligible for support, provided that they live in Beccles.

To apply for a grant, or to find out about eligibility, contact the Clerk, Paul Cunningham at Beccles Town Hall by emailing paul.cunningham@becclestowncouncil.gov.uk

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Great Ormond Street Hospital is a children's hospital located in the Bloomsbury area of the London Borough of Camden which has a global reputation.

The hospital is the largest centre for child heart surgery in the UK and is one of the largest centres for heart transplantation in the world.

In 1962 they developed the first heart and lung bypass machine for children.

Beccles & Bungay Journal: Robyn Payne in her new wheelchair Robyn Payne in her new wheelchair (Image: Submitted)