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Adaptation achievements at the end of a tricky year

As this year – with all its setbacks and strangeness to say the least! – draws to the end, we’re delighted that so too do many of the adaptation projects underway with Sullivan’s Heroes.

One young man is particularly pleased with his fantastic new space that has been created for him! We too are thrilled that 16-year-old Jonah now has a safe space of his own to use, having created a downstairs bedroom space and bathroom, as his Mum explains:

“Jonah now has his own bedroom and shower room separate from us downstairs, giving him his own space. The extension means that Jonah will hopefully be able to remain living in the family home, which was seriously becoming an issue. Lockdown would have been impossible without this work.”

We’re equally excited to introduce our most recent applicant to the charity. Ruby and her family are raising funds towards the additional £25,000 required above the Disabled Facilities Grant awarded for ‘Ruby’s Big Build’ – to extend the family home, creating a downstairs bedroom and wet room for Ruby, plus make the garden accessible to her. Their fundraising has got off to a magnificent start with over a quarter of the funds raised in just a month!

Ruby’s parents explain the need for the project: 

“We would love for Ruby to be able to have a home that is not only accessible and safe for her, but a place for her to feel comfortable and relaxed in. We are designing this build with her future in mind, to meet her needs as she grows older. Due to her rare condition, we simply don't know what the future may hold for Ruby however as her parents, we hope that others will join us in our bid to help her grow as independent and happy as she can be”.

Other families have also been extremely busy with fundraising towards their targets, organising innovative online Christmas activities – and many have enjoyed recent generous support from a number of organisations. 

'Building Thomas a Future in Bromley Cross’ received funds from the NEU Trust Fund Ltd; whilst 'Keira’s BIG Build’ saw help from Stephens Bakery Foundation.

Ronnie’s project was boosted by Independence at Home, meanwhile ‘Sophie’s Independence’ received donations from Jamie Carragher's 23 Foundation in conjunction with the Community Foundation for Merseyside and from Vodafone Foundation.

In addition, many children were helped out by Hospital Saturday Fund who generously provided funds towards five of the projects being supported by Sullivan’s Heroes, whilst SJS Builders Limited continue their corporate support which is greatly appreciated also.

Our Ebay for Charity Shop has been busy too – bringing the Christmas Gift Shop to online buyers at home – with 100% of the purchase cost providing grants for the disabled children Sullivan’s Heroes is supporting. Find the perfect gifts for friends, family and yourself! 

We sign-off with our ‘Hugs for Heroes’ Christmas Campaign …. as we think you may agree, we all need to feel hugged this Christmas!

Please do get in touch if you have any fundraising events, activities and ideas you’d like to share with us; or if you would like to apply for a grant or to fundraise through Sullivan’s Heroes.

Thank you for your ongoing support, it is greatly appreciated.