With limited funds available from our local NHS Trust and following advice from the therapists involved in Jack’s care, we soon learnt that in order to provide equipment to give our son the quality of life he deserved, we would need to do some fundraising.
We set up Jack’s Appeal originally in 2003 to raise money to get Jack mobile. With other three year olds running around and getting their first bikes, we wanted Jack to enjoy the same feeling of independence and mobility. We read about the BIME buggy, built by engineers at the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering and thought the buggy would be perfect for Jack.
We needed £1,300 to buy a BIME buggy so appealed for help through our local paper, the Cambridge Evening News – the results were phenomenal.
After three weeks, the Appeal raised £7,500! We were able to buy the buggy in time for Christmas.
We were also able to buy a standing frame and physiotherapy bench.
As we raised more than we needed at the time, we were able to donate excess funds to some other great causes:
- NICU – the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Rosie Maternity Hospital, Addenbrooke’s
- CambridgePREMROSE – support group for premature and sick babies and their families Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge
- The Cambridge & District Toy Library – the library loans out toys and resources to children (0-7 years) who have special needs and live in the Cambridge area.
The BIME buggy was donated to a family in Essex and continues to be used by young children with cerebral palsy.