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Weʼre raising £28,000 to Build an extension to accommodate a bedroom and a wet room for Lesley who is paralysed from her waist down.

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Dronfield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Lesley and John worked hard for the NHS for a combined 60 years and were hoping they could both retire in their late 50s to enjoy some nice leisure time for holidays and short breaks. Lesley having struggled into work for the last few years with a bad back was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis and started requiring sticks to walk in 2015. We bought a stair lift and mobility scooter to enable Lesley to still get around.

Lesley had a lumbar spine operation in February 2016, but unfortunately the operation didn’t help things and Lesleys ability to walk became less and less and she would fall most days. A scan in August 2016 showed a dagger like piece of disc higher up her spine was sticking right into her spine and almost severing the nerves. A complex spinal operation in September 2016 was, we were told, successful. Unfortunately due to complications Lesley remained in hospital mainly at the Sheffield Spinal Injuries Unit until the end of January 2017. Just before last Christmas she was given the heartbreaking news that she would never walk again and was unlikely to regain any feeling below the waist, and would be a paraplegic.

We adapted the dining room into a bedroom so that Lesley could come home in January this year.

Lesley 8 months after coming out now requires full time care most of which is provided by John but also needs a nursing visit every morning to help with bodily functions and 2 carer visits each day to wash and dress her and hoist her in and out of bed. She has not had a shower at home for 11 months and is desperate to get an accessible wet room that enables her to be able to shower and wash her hair at home. Currently she has to visit Staveley Centre for a bath once a week.

We are now looking to make the most of the hand that we’ve been dealt by providing a downstairs bedroom and accessible wetroom. We have accepted that our hopes and aspirations have gone forever and that we will do the best to adapt to our changed circumstances.

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    • Laura Nelson

      Laura Nelson

      Sep 15, 2017

      Great idea, hope it all goes well

      £10.00

    • Diane Mills

      Diane Mills

      Sep 12, 2017

      Good luck Lesley x

      £10.00

    • Dave Gilbert

      Dave Gilbert

      Sep 11, 2017

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 11, 2017

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 6, 2017

      Dear Lesley,I remember your kindness &thoughtfulness when I was a trainee at CRH, I hope the building works get completed soon. You were always well thought of, with best wishes, and hope,x

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 26, 2017

      John & Linda, Sheffield - hope all goes well.

      £150.00

    • Karen Settle

      Karen Settle

      Aug 26, 2017

      Hope you get all the funding soon lovely, xx

      £10.00

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    Roger Bird

    Roger Bird

    Dronfield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

    Small local building company in Dronfield, having seen the living conditions for Lesley I felt I could help, so DIY SOS came to mind, Lesley is in a wheelchair and is paralysed from waist down. I'm raising funds to help build an extension to accommodate a new bedroom and bathroom

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