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£7,030raised of £25,000 target by 93 supporters

Weʼre raising £25,000 to help fund home adaptations and disabled living space for Elliot.

Location
Cheshunt, United Kingdom

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Elliot is a happy & sociable 6 year old boy. At 18 months Elliot wasn’t walking so was referred for physiotherapy. At 2.5 years, there was no improvement so he was seen by a paediatric neurologist & an MRI scan showed that the small part of Elliot’s brain (cerebellum) was smaller than it should be. He was diagnosed with congenital ataxic cerebral palsy, the least common type of the disorder affecting around only 5% of all people with CP.

Due to his condition, Elliot is unable to walk & uses a wheelchair. He lacks coordination, balance & muscle control & has difficulties with speech & learning. He is unable to carry out day to day activities such as washing, dressing & feeding himself.

Elliot uses lots of specialist equipment - wheelchairs, standing frame, bath chair, adapted seating & an electronic VOCA (communication aid).

Unfortunately our family home isn’t suitable for disabled living & as Elliot is getting older we don’t have adequate space to meet his needs for things such as a wheelchair accessible bedroom, adapted wet room, changing table, or height-adjustable bed.

We currently carry Elliot upstairs, lift him in & out of bed, bath, wheelchair & seat, all essential daily activities that are taking their toll on our health. Plus, we dress & change Elliot on the floor which, as he gets older, isn’t appropriate or dignified.

We would benefit from wheelchair accessible living space, ceiling hoists, wider doorways, through the floor lift, ramps & level flooring to allow Elliot to access his bedroom & garden independently.

We have been approved for a Disabled Facilities Grant to help pay for some of the adaptations , but this will only cover a small proportion of the cost so we need to fund the majority of the work ourselves.

The amount we are aiming to raise is over £25,000. This will help us adapt & extend our home to accommodate Elliot’s needs, allow him to live an independent life and ensure we continue to live together as a united family.

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  • Michelle Hyde2 months ago
    Michelle Hyde

    Michelle Hyde

    2 months ago

    Happy New Year. Just wanted to say a few thank you's to: - The FTA team for the Nov swear jar (who knew there was so much swearing in the office!!!) & the Christmas Jumper day donations; School mums (Sarah B, Alison, Jaynie, Lina, Keeley, Michelle, Kelly, Elena, Elaine & Sarah M) for organising the 'Fun & Games' event; everyone at the Tennis Club (Andrew J, Heidi & the Wed Night Ladies); & Sharon for donating funds from the sale of her TV unit. Thank you all. We're getting nearer to our target & the deadline for building is creeping closer now!

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  • Michelle Hyde4 months ago
    Michelle Hyde

    Michelle Hyde

    4 months ago

    Thank you to the F&F clothing team at Tesco head offices in Hatfield for holding an office cake sale on our behalf last week & raising another £241! Hope you all enjoyed the cakes.

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  • Michelle Hyde4 months ago
    Michelle Hyde

    Michelle Hyde

    4 months ago

    Our fundraising efforts are still going strong & we had a great evening on Saturday at our Quiz Night. The event was well supported with over 100 people in the room & everyone had a great time testing their knowledge on a range of topics from food & drink to 70's music & halloween! Big thanks to Jaynie Kilkenny & her family for all their help in coordinating the evening & making it such a great night. Still waiting on the final amount raised to be confirmed, but it's looking like there will be least another £1,000 to go in the pot!

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8 months ago

Michelle Hyde started crowdfunding

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Supporters

93

  • Joanne Claypole

    Joanne Claypole

    Jan 9, 2018

    You're such a lovely family and Elliot always makes me smile xxx

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 25, 2017

    Happy Christmas

    £300.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 19, 2017

    £5.00

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    Anonymous

    Dec 15, 2017

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    Anonymous

    Dec 15, 2017

  • Liam Faulkner

    Liam Faulkner

    Dec 15, 2017

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 15, 2017

    £5.00

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Michelle Hyde

Michelle Hyde

Cheshunt, United Kingdom

Elliot's mum

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