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£3,375
raised of £2,683 target by 59 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,375 to buy William a new off-road specialist buggy/bike trailer

    St. Ives, Cambs
    Funded on Wednesday, 11th March 2020

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    William is our (very very nearly) 9 year old eldest child. He was born with a rare brain malformation called Lissencephaly. None of his brain grew in the usual way and parts of his brain are missing. This has left William with profound disabilities and learning difficulties.He has many complex medical needs; epilepsy, type 1 diabetes, and very poor respiratory health to name a few. He requires full time care from us as his parents or his specially trained group of carers.

    In spite of all this William is the most chilled out boy you could ever meet and he has a smile that cheers everyone else up. He attends special school full time where he is a very popular member of his class.

    William uses a specialist wheelchair day to day to get about but it's not practical for anything a bit more adventurous. Several years ago some friends fundraised for an off-road buggy for us to broaden the activities William could take part in with us. We've used that chair to take part in a Bubble rush and on many family holidays. It enables William to get onto the beach or access rougher ground. Sadly he has outgrown this chair so we are raising money for a new bigger specialist off road buggy, which also doubles up as a bike trailer, called the XRover (https://www.specialisedorthoticservices.co.uk/product/xrover-all-in-one-buggystroller/)!

    Like all specialist disability equipment it doesn't come cheap! So we need to raise £2683!! We'd love to be able to continue to include William in as much as we can as a family while he's still well enough. We know William will have a much shorter life than most but we want to create as many happy memories as we can in that time and give William as many experience as we can.

    Update: Wow! We raised the money for the buggy so fast! Thank you all so much! We have made the decision to put any extra money raised towards a sensory area in our garden for William. Last year William had a downstairs bedroom and wetroom built. The area outside his bedroom is the remnants of our driveway so we would like to move our garden fence to include this area within the garden and add some bright sensory features for William to enjoy. We already have a little herb garden so William can enjoy the smells from the plants.

    Thank you for taking the time to read. To find out more about William you can visit William's Blog!

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    • Helen Carlson5 years ago
      Helen Carlson

      Helen Carlson

      5 years ago

      Now that we have surpassed our target we have had to think about what to do with any surplus funds. Last year William moved into his new downstairs bedroom complete with French windows at the rear. At the moment these windows open up onto an old bit of tarmac which is part of the old driveway. We would love to use the excess money to incorporate that area into our back garden by moving the fence and converting it into a sensory garden so William can enjoy the outside even if he is not well enough to be out and about in his new buggy.

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    • Helen Carlson5 years ago
      Helen Carlson

      Helen Carlson

      5 years ago

      Wow! We are speechless. We never expect to reach our target (and surpass it) in just over 24 hours. Thank you all SO much for your shares and donations. We're going to place the order for the chair tomorrow and there is a chance we will receive it in time for Christmas so look out on Facebook for photos from a Boxing Day walk.

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    • Helen Carlson5 years ago
      Helen Carlson

      Helen Carlson

      5 years ago

      Thank you so much to everyone who has shared our page and donated so far! We are blown away by your generosity! I've found some photos taken over the last few years showing William doing things he can only do in his off road buggy. These activities aren't accessible to him in his wheelchair. Now he's outgrown that buggy the only way we can continue to do these sorts of things is with the XRover. Here can see William cycling at Center Parcs! I'll share more photos on my facebook page. Helen

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    Page last updated on: 12/23/2019 07.19

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    59

    • Dan Braycotton

      Dan Braycotton

      Dec 23, 2019

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 16, 2019

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 19, 2019

      Happy birthday William! Can’t wait to see you in the new off roader, and visit your new garden. Sending lots of love xx

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 17, 2019

      Enjoy some family adventures with your new wheels! We can’t wait to see the garden! Lots of love Sarah&Andy and the mini Floyds xxx

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 15, 2019

      Go take in the world William. There's no stopping you now xx

      £30.00

    • Amy Barnes

      Amy Barnes

      Nov 15, 2019

      Sending much love 💕 hugs 🤗 and kisses 😘 to my cousin and her beautiful family, can’t wait to see pictures of William enjoying his new equipment. Xx

      £20.00

    • Steve Bradshaw

      Steve Bradshaw

      Nov 15, 2019

      From the Directors of Barwell Global St Ives (Steve, Ian, Andy, Roger and Stephen) Great news on reaching your target and just a little more to help with the sensory garden.

      £200.00

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    Helen Carlson

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    St. Ives, Cambs

    We are Steve and Helen, parents to three wonderful children. One of whom has a life limiting disability.

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