Following the Kent Construction Golf Day and other fund-raising events, Donations With A Difference trustees Ella, Cheryl and Will visited Garry, Kyle and Curtis Ratcliffe to give them some good news.
Curtis, known to his family and friends as Curly, is seven and has severe cerebral palsy, epilepsy, scoliosis and hip dysplasia, and is blind so needed a Smart Mustang Power Chair to gain some independence and “normality”. The Power Chair allows him to travel independently along a pre-determined route using a head switch control.
The family knew that Donations With A Difference had pledged to help them raise funds for the purchase of the Power Chair but they didn’t know exactly what they were getting. We had said that we were coming round to do a cheque presentation for £900, raised from the Building Connections Networking Event, which the family thought was “fantastic, and it was another step closer to reaching their target”. Here is where Kyle takes over the story:
“But within a matter of moments of presenting the £900 cheque, Cheryl said that that wasn’t good enough and that the charity wanted to help a bit more, whipped out a blank cheque and said how much do you need? They ended up giving us the remaining £15,538 we needed – just amazing”.
Kyle continued “We can’t thank the charity enough, without their help we would still be slugging away and trying to come up with more creative ideas to raise money we needed, and without the generosity of all the people who donated, we wouldn’t have been able to put the order in and Curly wouldn’t be able to enjoy the summer holidays.”
The new chair should arrive within four to six weeks.