A north London teenager with a severe muscle wasting condition was today getting a new lease of life after generous staff at an insurance giant rallied to buy him a new wheelchair.

16-year-old Matin Mohammad-Nabi, from Golders Green, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and was given the new chair after staff from Prudential raised more than 9,000 for the state-of-the-art motorised machine through a partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

The company leapt to the aid of Matin after hearing the keen wheelchair football fan was forced to play in goal because of the short battery life on his old chair.

After hearing his plight dedicated employees organised a range of fundraising events at the Paddington office, from cake sales to bingo games. Some were so energetic they even completed a sponsored walk along Hadrian's Wall.

Ann Piper, operations and delivery manager for Community Pru, said: "After we chose to support the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign as our Charity of the Year everyone was really enthusiastic to fundraise as much as possible.

"I think we were all shocked to learn just how expensive these vital pieces of equipment are, and that Matin was unable to obtain it from the NHS.

His mother, Latifi, said: "Matin is really excited about his new chair - he will be able to take part in wheelchair football and will feel significantly more independent.

"At home he will be able to do so much more, like switching on the lights and opening the fridge. We still can't believe that we have it, we have been wishing for one for so long."

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