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Duncan & René Everett

Duncan & René Everett is crowdfunding



£1,966raised of £5,000 target by 49 supporters

Weʼre raising £5,000 to support Xander's family to cover additional expenses during his rehabilitation.

Solihull, UK
29 days to go

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On the 24th of May 2018 Xander van Der Poll, first year medical student at Bristol University, fell from a tree onto a protruding root causing a burst spinal cord and crushing his T12 vertebrae, leaving him with no feeling or movement from the waist down. Since that day he has been on six weeks flat bed rest and has recently been moved to the spinal care unit at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry where he will start his rehabilitation.

Why raise money to support Xander and his family, you might ask? Well Xander has been part of our lives for 19 years, he is our nephew! Xander is the life of the party, bringing much joy, fun and laughter to the daily lives of those around him. He has shown so much courage and resilience since his accident and is determined to walk again and pursue his dream of becoming a doctor!

But nothing can prepare a parent for the upheaval this sudden and unexpected change brings. As parents ourselves, we know the importance of family sticking together in difficult times. We want to lighten their burden a little in areas where we can make a difference, so we ask you to join us in raising funds to meet their increased travel & accommodation cost, equipment needed by Xander and other unexpected costs whilst Xander is in Oswestry.

All funds raised will go to support them and Xander so they can focus on his rehabilitation and any funds that might be left over will be donated to the RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital, where Xander is the recipient of excellent medical care!!

We'll be doing a few different fundraising events to support this initiative, so watch this space.

You can follow Xander's Instagram blog at six_weeks_in_bed and his mum, Karen's on Facebook at One Step Closer

Thank you for being a part of this journey!

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  • Duncan & René Everett9 months ago
    Duncan & René Everett

    Duncan & René Everett

    9 months ago

    We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated so far and to everyone who has supported Xander and his family, you are amazing! On Saturday we had a coffee and cake afternoon and a pop-up shop for all sorts of yummy treats in our dining room. Thank you to everyone who could make it, bought treats and donated money - we raised a whopping £1375.95! This takes our total amount raised so far to £2591.95! Thank you all so much, your support and generosity means so much! xx

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Page last updated on: 4/17/2019 19.20



  • Elizabeth Brookes

    Elizabeth Brookes

    Apr 17, 2019


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    Oct 7, 2018

    With best wishes from Aunty Beryl


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    Sep 13, 2018


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    Sep 2, 2018

    Saved my coffee for a great photo opportunity! Thinking of you all and sending much love and hugs. SAB

  • Pamela Russell

    Pamela Russell

    Aug 28, 2018

    Thinking about Xander and the family. With love and prayers.


  • Natasha Buirski

    Natasha Buirski

    Aug 24, 2018

  • Anne Kritzinger

    Anne Kritzinger

    Aug 23, 2018


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Duncan & René Everett

Duncan & René Everett

Solihull, UK

This cause is close to our hearts as Xander (@six_weeks_in_bed) is our nephew. We would love to lighten the burden on his family through financially supporting them in all the additional costs associated with this unexpected life changing event!

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