Mum of terminally ill boy desperate for B&M egg chair moved to tears by kindness of store staff

THE MUM of a terminally ill boy was moved to tears by the kindness of staff at a B&M store.

Toni Bluck had wanted to buy a hanging egg chair for her son Caelan after he spotted one in the Leigh branch on March 27.

Not having enough money to buy the chair that day, she vowed to purchase one from the St Helens shop a few days later.

But on arrival, the 24-year-old was told the item was no longer in stock.

Determined to gift the chair to her six-year-old son, who suffers with Infantile Pompe disease, she returned to the Leigh branch on Wednesday.

His condition means little Caelan suffers with muscle weakness, poor mobility, heart defects among other health problems.

He is currently on a life support machine and Toni says she wants to give him “all that she can” before he passes away.

At the Leigh store, Toni was told the item was also out of stock, with only the display chair left remaining.

Toni, who lives in St Helens, explained Caelan’s circumstances to the branch manager and it was agreed they could take the display chair home.

The act of kindness left Toni in tears.

She said: “I hate saying no to him, he doesn’t ask for much and I want to give him all that I can before he passes away.

“I showed (the branch manager) the image of him clinging onto it and explained his circumstances.

“She agreed for me to have it and got some of the lads to take it down. I burst out crying; I couldn’t explain how grateful I was for their kindness.

“They were all so lovely. She even gave me 10 per cent off!”

He doesn’t ask for much and I want to give him all that I can before he passes away.

Toni and Caelan’s dad, Nathan Chapman, travel to Manchester every two weeks for treatment to “keep him alive as long as possible”.

At the moment, they are at home enjoying life as much as they can.

Toni continued: “I was so excited to get in the car and set it up before my son got home from school.

“When I picked him up, I told him I had a big surprise for him waiting at home.

She agreed for me to have it and got some of the lads to take it down. I burst out crying; I couldn’t explain how grateful I was for their kindness.

“He guessed straight away it was the chair, all the way home he was laughing and giggling saying, ‘I knew it’.

“Once we got home, he got straight into the chair – he was so excited.

“He kept saying, ‘I love it’, he stayed in it for six hours yesterday!

“He is never comfortable in chairs or wheelchairs due to his illness, it’s very hard to keep him happy for a long period of time when it comes to seating, but this chair was great for him.

“Caelan has a terminal muscle wasting disease called Infantile Pompe disease, there’s no life expectancy for this illness however he is on a life support machine to give him the longest time possible with us.”

Famous fans, including TV star Stacey Solomon and cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, have similar hanging egg-style chairs in their gardens.

B&M also has a more affordable SWINGING egg chairs for the garden for just £30.

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