We hope that you are all healthy and keeping safe in these unprecedented, and somewhat surreal to say the least, times! As with the rest of the globe, the current Coronavirus situation has understandably brought difficulties to many of the families we are supporting.
Many home adaptation projects about to get underway have been postponed; whilst those already in progress have been put on temporary hold with families having to live in, and now work from, homes that are partway through building works. We are delighted however to bring news of not just one, but two recently completed projects.
As Archie’s Dad states of the new extension for the 9-year old:
“It’s made life so much easier now and taken a strain of part of our lives that was creating unnecessary difficulties”.
Whilst at Jaden’s new home extension the 10-year old’s Mum explains of the increased space:
“Being on the ground floor, it will enable Jaden to be safe and as independent as possible. It has made a massive and positive difference to us all.”
We also have many announcements in terms of new children we are supporting – four of them in total to introduce to you!
‘George’s Help for Home Adaptions’ is looking to raise £12,000 to give 8-year old George freedom of access using his powered wheelchair, plus specialist bathroom equipment that he needs to live with dignity as he grows.
£5,000 is required to ‘Help Rhys find home independence’ by building an extension to house a lift to his bedroom and incorporate a wet room for the 10-year old.
‘Courageous Cory’s Big Build’ really is just that – with a target of £60,000 required to build a ground floor bedroom and wet room extension with hoist throughout plus purpose-built sensory room safe space for the 7-year old.
Whilst £30,000 is required for ‘Building Thomas a Future’ – providing the 7-year old with a home that meets his care needs as he gets bigger and heavier and lays the way for independent living once he reaches adulthood. We look forward to bringing you further news of all their projects as they progress.
The current lockdown has affected our supported families who were busy arranging fundraising events over these past few weeks – forcing them to cancel or postpone these activities for the time being – whilst alternative sources of funding are being sought where possible from external organisations. We are therefore very grateful to have received funds for many of the children we are supporting to ensure the families can continue working towards the end goal of their adaptations in these difficult circumstances.
Hospital Saturday Fund continue to support us with grants received recently for William, Fletcher and Eve. The £10,000 needed to build ‘Fletcher’s new bedroom & bathroom’ has been boosted to over 50% of the target thanks to funds from Glasspool Charity Trust and Lions Club of Aylesbury. Meanwhile the £55,000 required to build ‘Katy’s new bedroom and bathroom’ project has benefitted from support from The Kelsey Trust.
Individual fundraiser’s have also been busy raising funds with generous support from Gordon Borer for his birthday Facebook Fundraiser, from Mildred Duveen Charitable Trust and from 10-year old Meg with her amazing 'Megadon Swimathon'. Whilst Ben Lippiett’s London Marathon training has (unfortunately for Ben!) lengthened as the event has now been postponed until October 4th 2020.
Last but not least, we are very proud and grateful to have been selected by Rebound Therapy as their chosen affiliate partner – receiving generous support in return for their free of charge tutorial service to families for their home based ‘Flexi-Bounce Therapy’.
Thank you for your ongoing support, it is greatly appreciated.