A “superhero mad” Bromley boy with a rare muscle wasting condition has received his new specialised wheelchair after community fundraisers gathered more than £22,000.

Charlie Bolton, 7, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and suffers from muscle weakness and wasting, needed a new Snap Dragon wheelchair which allows him to adjust the height of his chair and play and interact with other children.

Mum Aimee Spiers raised £22,000 with help from the community, including support from One Inn the Wood pub in Petts Wood and the Petts Wood Association.

Miss Spiers 31, said: “It is amazing, it’s so much better for him, he can get taller and go faster, he is over the moon.

“He chose the images, they’re all different superheroes, he’s superhero mad, he thinks it’s great.”

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Charlie and mum Aimee in June.

Charlie, who goes to Crofton School, was diagnosed in 2010 at 11 and a half months old.

Symptoms of the SMA Type 2, the second most severe type, can be breathing problems, weakness in arms and legs, swallowing or feeding problems and a slight tremor of the fingers.

It has taken seven months to raise the funds after Charlie grew too big for his chair in June last year.

Miss Spiers, who lives in Archery Lane, said at the time: “When they’re reading a story he can get right down to the floor and sit with them, he can get right into playing with his friends.

“People can see the person first not the chair, it makes his life so much easier.”

Miss Spiers said: “He goes to a mainstream school, he sees himself as no different from anyone else.

“He is an extremely happy little boy, he’s always smiling.”

She added: “He has to deal with a hell of a lot but I get more upset than him, he doesn’t ever complain.”