North Albury family in need of transport for Dillon Hall, 24, who has several disabilities

FUNDRAISER: John Hall and Mary Allum with their son Dillon, 24, who needs an accessible vehicle so he can get back on the move. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

FUNDRAISER: John Hall and Mary Allum with their son Dillon, 24, who needs an accessible vehicle so he can get back on the move. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

“We all think as parents we should be able to do everything we can for our children, but it isn’t always as easy as it sounds,” an empathetic Sharon McMahon said.

She has been helping a North Albury family since March to try and achieve their dream of getting ‘Dilly on the Move’.

Dillon Hall, 24, has a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, delayed development, epilepsy, partial blindness and scoliosis. 

His parents Mary Allum and John Hall have found it increasingly difficult to leave the house and put Dillon in the car as he has grown up.

Mrs McMahon said she was on a committee of six people, which had so far raised $8000 for an accessible vehicle for Dillon.

“I see the struggle of Dillon getting older and them trying to transport him around,” she said.

“I believe everyone deserves a quality of life.

“Just because he can’t walk, doesn’t mean he shouldn't get the same privileges we get.

“I’ve seen his face and reactions when he gets out and about and he just loves it.”

The family hoped to eventually purchase a modified Kia Carnival, which would allow Dillon to move in and out via a ramp in his wheelchair. 

At an estimated cost of $80,000, they still have a long way to go.

Mrs McMahon put out a call for stall holders for a market day from 9.30am to 3.30pm on December 3.

The Albury Entertainment Centre offered a discounted space for the major fundraiser, in support of Dillon.

Ms Allum said a new car would allow her son to do all the things he loved such as being near water and spending time with his family, including his nieces and nephews.

“We have relatives in Melbourne, Wagga and Junee, it's pretty hard to travel and see them because we can’t fit Dillon’s wheelchair in the car,” she said.

“It's difficult we can't do that at the moment.

“Just to get out and about would mean the world to him.”

Mr Hall said he appreciated all the support.

“More or less we need to do this for the safety side of things,” he said.

“We would really like to thank everybody who has helped us so far.”

For information, contact Mrs McMahon on 0467 702 378 or visit mycause.com.au/page/122285/dilly-on-the-move.

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