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Family: (clockwise from left) Matthew, Tania, Andrew, Emily, Daniel and Josh Littlely are overwhelmed by Geraldton s generosity.
Family: (clockwise from left) Matthew, Tania, Andrew, Emily, Daniel and Josh Littlely are overwhelmed by Geraldton's generosity.

Geraldton has rallied behind a Strathalbyn boy born with a rare chromosomal abnormality which leaves him unable to walk or talk.

The oldest of four siblings, Josh Littlely, 16, was born with 18q- syndrome and requires around-the-clock care.

Lifting him into his wheelchair and the car had become difficult and risky for parents Tania and Andrew.

Variety WA Midwest Geraldton, with support from Shane Crothers Homes, Geraldton Regional Hospital, local businesses and individuals, developed a purpose-built special needs room for Josh.

Mrs Littlely said the room was something the family had dreamt of for a long time and was overjoyed with the compassion the Geraldton community had shown.

“Honestly, it is absolutely beautiful,” she said.

“There is nothing more he could want, it is absolutely amazing.

“All these things make a difference to his life, he is blessed to have such wonderful caring people help him to be as happy and comfortable as he can possibly be.”

The room features a hoist, custom bath and over-bath change mat, reverse cycle air-conditioning, flat-screen television and DVD player.

Mrs Littlely said Josh’s favourite pastimes were lying in bed watching cartoons and splashing in the bath.

Mrs Littlely said the family was grateful to those that donated their time for her son.

“Thank you to each and every person involved in making this happen for Joshua,” she said.

“He is one very loved boy.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Shane Crothers thanked his team and subcontractors for supporting the project out of their own pockets.

“I’m very proud of Dominic Iaria for designing and project managing, and Tim Dodds for site managing,” he said.

“Generosity was shown by a number of suppliers and sub-contractors — all I had to do was ask, which was fantastic.

“The sense of community spirit is really heartwarming.”

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