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Weʼre raising £60,000 to help renovate and extend Sophie's house to make it suitable for carers and wheelchair accessible so we can bring Sophie home to Wales

Malton, United Kingdom

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Sophie Williams defies stereotypes. She is a well-respected conservation scientist, an inspirational teacher, a musician and a community activator who brings incredible energy to everything she does. Sophie is facing the challenge of her life as she works to regain as much independence as possible following brain injury due to Japanese Encephalitis, which she contracted in south-east China in July 2015.

The virus has paralysed Sophie, 33, who now requires a ventilator and 24-hour care. She has spent the last 2 years in hospitals and rehabilitation centres but is likely to be discharged in the next few months. Sophie is determined to return to the home she shared with her partner Robert in the mountains of Snowdonia, over-looking Anglesey and Puffin Island. However, a lot of work is needed to make space for carers and make the place wheelchair accessible.

Sophie grew up in Yorkshire and was Head Girl at Lady Lumley’s School, Pickering. She fell in love with North Wales when studying ecology at Bangor University. After studying for a masters in Conservation Science at Imperial College she returned to Bangor for her PhD where she worked on the sustainability of palm harvesting. She did post-doctoral research at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Gardens in China but kept her link to Bangor working as a lecturer. She had just landed her dream job as a permanent member of academic staff when she fell ill.

Sophie’s dad Mike says "Sophie has astounded everyone with her recovery and remains very positive. She never complains and to enable her to return home would be such a tremendous boost for her." Sophie’s partner Robert, who has been at her side every day since she fell ill, said "Our lives have been on hold, getting Sophie back home will mean so much to us both, and be really beneficial to her recovery".

Donations and fundraising activities would greatly help Sophie to live a more independent life. Thank you!

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  • The Sophie Williams Trust15 days ago
    The Sophie Williams Trust

    The Sophie Williams Trust

    15 days ago

    Yesterday was a REALLY special day for Sophie (and the fund-raising efforts). Sophie's many friends and well-wishers came together to put on Draig Beats music festival at Treborth Botanic Gardens. More than 140 volunteers built stages, dug compost loos, sewed bunting, served teas, cooked food, ran workshops etc. There was fantastic music including from our special guest star Seckou Keita. Sophie was there all day and loved every minute of it. Sophie 's real strength has always been bringing people together and yesterday was a perfect example.

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  • The Sophie Williams Trust5 months ago
    The Sophie Williams Trust

    The Sophie Williams Trust

    5 months ago

    Thanks to all your efforts The Sophie Williams trust has raised over £40,000! This video captures Sophie's journey so far. Please do share it in your networks https://youtu.be/2ti8njDkTRw

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  • The Sophie Williams Trust7 months ago
    The Sophie Williams Trust

    The Sophie Williams Trust

    7 months ago

    There are so many wonderful fundraising activities going on to help #BringDrSophieHome! One of the more unusal... her uncle David ran a gin fesitival and raised £620!

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1 year ago

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Page last updated on: 6/18/2018 1:03 PM

Supporters

307

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 18, 2018

    Come home.

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 17, 2018

  • Mercedes Roman

    Mercedes Roman

    Jun 17, 2018

    £10.00

  • hazel macwhirter

    hazel macwhirter

    Jun 12, 2018

    £10.00

  • Shannen Gray

    Shannen Gray

    Jun 11, 2018

    Best wishes

    £10.00

  • Robert Mackay

    Robert Mackay

    Jun 11, 2018

    Hi! We gave a lift to someone on Bla Bla Car a few weeks ago and played them the Dod Adre Drymbago CD and told them about Sophie. They gave us £5 there and then ft a CD. So I'm just passing it on. x

    £5.00

  • Susanne Whiting

    Susanne Whiting

    Jun 11, 2018

    My best wishes

    £20.00

About the fundraiser
The Sophie Williams Trust

The Sophie Williams Trust

Malton, United Kingdom

The Sophie Williams Trust was set up to help #BringDrSophieHome as quickly as possible. Trustees: Mike Williams (Sophie's dad) Professor Julia Jones (a conservation scientist) Sarah Edgar (Friends of Treborth Botanic Garden)

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