Weʼve raised £680 to Purchase an electric wheelchair
- Bideford, North Devon, England
- Funded on Thursday, 5th October 2017
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At the age of 12 whilst riding on a tram in Germany, the first dislocation of my knee happened. Then around the age of 16, the arthritis began to really show itself. Pain became a daily part of my routine, despite all the medicine and pain killers I was prescribed by my GP's. Now at the age of 58, I find myself with a long list of illnesses - arthritis now affects every one of my joints, from my little finger to my hips, my neck to my little toe, there is no respite from the constant pain of the joints grinding together and the muscle becoming more and more weak. I also have an underactive thyroid, diabetes, fibromyalgia, depression, hydrodonitis (a nasty skin condition that I have had to undergo several surgeries for), ulcerated diverticulitis (a condition of the gut), eczema, etc etc. As you may know, all of these conditions causes pain and makes you very weary.
Despite all this, I have always tried to maintain a positive outlook (there is always someone out there who is far worse off than I am) and I have worked continuously. At some points of my life having 3 jobs to be able to keep a roof over my head. Some 12 years ago, following a very bad bought of depression, I used study to help me recover and this allowed me to eventually gain a PGCE and teach in an FE college. At last I'd found my Nirvana! A job I loved, it was a dream come true.
I still do that job today, but now I have such limited mobility (I can only walk approx. 10 steps before the pain is so bad I physically pass out) and so the only option is to become more mobile through the use of an electric wheelchair.
The chair costs £2000 . I support my elderly mother who lives with me as well as my son, so there is no spare money at the end of the month to allow me to fund this myself. I am trying to raise money however I can, but the need is getting great and the total a long way off. If you are able to help, I can continue to teach and give something back to society.
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Oct 1, 2017
Sep 19, 2017
With all our love. Xxx
Sep 17, 2017
With love from Avalon. We'll get you there and can hopefully donate again soon ❤️❤️
Sep 12, 2017
Good luck, Jill! I can't think of anyone more deserving than you! I hope you raise the money you need xx
Sep 12, 2017
Lots love xxxxx
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