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£1,180raised of £1,500 target by 110 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,180 to #bensbestbirthdayever Fund to buy Ben his iPad and sensory items for his bedroom

    Location
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Tuesday, 8th August 2017

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    Story

    copied from a post by Lisa Jackson (Ben's Mum)

    This is Ben, my son, he is 10 and has high functioning autism,.

    He has a heart of gold and just wants to be friends with people but his autism makes it extremely difficult for him to achieve this.

    High Functioning Autism makes him a little different to the rest of his classmates and

    He is the child that never gets invited to other children's birthday parties, that sits alone in the playground, that doesn't have anybody round for tea and nobody to go out to play with.

    On a previous birthday I hosted a birthday party for him, inviting around 25 children. He was so excited and really looking forward to it.

    Only two parents replied to the invitations I sent out but the party was arranged and paid for and Ben was excited about it so there was no way I could cancel it, I wrongly presumed that a few more would just turn up on the day but at least two were coming which was better than none at all.

    Everything was set up and Ben sat there eagerly waiting for everyone to turn up. 2pm came and went and nobody had arrived.

    Ben sat there saying repeating over and over they will come in a minute won't they mum. He still thought they would show up to help celebrate his special day.

    By 2.30pm he was getting more and more anxious and visibly upset, he kept asking me where everybody was. I just didn't know what to say to him. It was obvious at this point that nobody was coming!!

    It was the most heartbreaking moment ever not only for me but for him to. This day had a lasting effect on him for a very long time, he was devastated, it knocked his self confidence, heightened his anxiety and is something he will always remember.

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    • Grant lackenby2 months ago
      Grant lackenby

      Grant lackenby

      2 months ago

      We seem to ge smashing through these milestones! Can't wait to get Ben a bedroom that suits his needs! The more we raise the better the room for Ben! Massive thank you to everyone. Ben has no idea about the bedroom re-do and he knows about the iPad and is unbelievably excited to go shopping for it. So shhhhh :-)

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    • Grant lackenby2 months ago
      Grant lackenby

      Grant lackenby

      2 months ago

      Considering the just giving page has to be up for 30 days minimum and we've already smashed our target, I've decided to continue with the fundraising to see how much we can raise in addition to buying the iPad! Both Ben's mum and I would like to thank everyone who has donated or sent a card or wished Ben a happy birthday from the bottom of our hearts you have no idea how much this means to Ben

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    • Grant lackenby2 months ago
      Grant lackenby

      Grant lackenby

      2 months ago

      Me and my son met with Ben and Lisa this evening to give the fantastic news that we reached our original target to get Ben an iPad. After meeting this fantastic lad and his incredibly lovely mum, I asked what they would need to help make their lives easier. She explained that she is trying to update Ben's bedroom to fit his sensory needs and to provide him with a safe space when he would need it. Vicki

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    110

    • Angela Luke

      Angela Luke

      Jul 16, 2017

      Pleased to do this for Ben x

      £10.00

    • Shredder

      Shredder

      Jul 16, 2017

      Happy 11th Birthday young man. I've just seen your story and the great response from around the world. Hope you end up with a mega bedroom.

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 15, 2017

      Happy to help Ben have the life he so deserves. He's one very special boy. Hope he had a great birthday, I read his mum's appeal on Twitter and sent him a card x

      £10.00

    • Nicola, courtney, gabrielle,mya, kaemon

      Nicola, courtney, gabrielle,mya, kaemon

      Jul 15, 2017

      Happy birthday Ben , we have sent you a card . Have a fantastic day 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂

      £5.00

    • Charmain Lee

      Charmain Lee

      Jul 14, 2017

      Happy Birthday, Ben! I hope you have a super time on this special day! You're wonderful and unique...don't let anyone convince you otherwise. xx

      £5.00

    • Deborah Keane

      Deborah Keane

      Jul 14, 2017

      Happy Birthday you wonderful boy. I hope you get all the birthday presents you need to celebrate your special day xxxxx

      £20.00

    • Kirsty Fitzsimon

      Kirsty Fitzsimon

      Jul 14, 2017

      Happy birthday

      £10.00

    About the fundraiser
    Grant lackenby

    Grant lackenby

    Portsmouth, United Kingdom

    I met with Ben and Lisa today to give the fantastic news that we reached our original target to get Ben an iPad. After recieveing the owerwhelming support I have decided to continue this page in order to help Ben's mum update his room to fit his sensory needs.

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