Weʼve raised £3,022 to help fund a new wheelchair for Sophia
- Funded on Monday, 26th April 2021
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Can you help us make a difference to the life of a very special young person this year?
When we heard about courageous young Sophia and her desperate need for a new wheelchair, we knew we wanted to help. Not just through our own donations, but to set up an appeal to encourage others to do the same.
Not everyone is in a position to offer a contribution to charity this year, but if you are, please do consider a donation towards this very worthwhile cause.
You can read more about Sophia and her story below.
Sophia is a kind, sociable young girl who, like many teens of her age, loves spending time with friends and is studying hard for her forthcoming GCSEs.
But Sophia has had more challenges than most to get where she is today.
Born prematurely at just 26 weeks, doctors discovered in the weeks that followed that she had suffered a severe stroke, leaving her with cerebral palsy, a life-long condition that affects muscle control, coordination, posture and balance.
A lifetime of major operations
In her short 16 years, Sophia has been through a great deal. she has undergone countless major operations to improve her condition, including pioneering neuro-surgery, double hip replacement and operations on both of her feet - the recovery from which has been a long and difficult process.
This has certainly taken its toll on Sophia and her family at times. The family have had to deal with the challenges of round-the-clock care, and Sophia herself has suffered not only physical but also mental challenges, which have more recently manifested in the form of anorexia, a debilitating eating disorder.
Determination beyond compare
Despite all this, her will to succeed is plain to see. Whilst many might accept the cards they are dealt, Sophia is determined not to let her condition hold her back. When told she would never write, she practiced every day until she could pen a page of A4, when a friend was diagnosed with Cancer, she put all her efforts into supporting them despite her own needs, and when faced with the challenge of walking unaided, she has done everything she can to prove experts wrong.
Sophia has had to follow a rigorous daily regime of physiotherapy from a very early age, and it is her dream to walk unaided. Her determination may well get her there too, but until that day comes, the fact remains that Sophia’s main lifeline is her wheelchair, and sadly her current chair is just no longer fit-for-purpose.
Sophia’s wheelchair is a lifeline for her, it’s really her only form of independence, and for a teenager with Cerebral Palsy, I can’t tell you how important that is.
Stephanie, mother of Sophia.
A new wheelchair for Sophia
And that is why a new wheelchair for Sophia is so important – an adult-sized electric chair that will reduce the considerable discomfort she experiences at present, allow her to continue to attend school, maintain social contact with her friends, and most of all give her the freedom and independence that every teenager needs. Hear from Sophia just why this wheelchair means so much...
Making a difference in 2021
And put simply, that is what we at Giant Digital want to do – make a difference for Sophia and her family, by donating to, and helping promote, the appeal for Sophia’s new wheelchair.
If you are able to support Sophia and her family please do join us and donate what you can to help make a difference for such a wonderful, determined young girl and her family.
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Apr 24, 2021
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Feb 18, 2021
Wishing you all the very best, Sophia
Jan 13, 2021
I’ve just read your story Sophia and think you are an inspiration to us all!
Jan 13, 2021
Wishing you the best.
Jan 12, 2021
Well done Giant, and go Sophia! x
Jan 12, 2021
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Giant Digital's wheelchair appeal for Sophia
Giant Digital are raising funds to help Sophia become an independent young adult with a much-needed new wheelchair