‘It feels like we have won the Lottery’

Ten-year-old Phoebe Matthews in her NHS-funded walker at home with mum Amanda, dad Shaun and sisters Anya (10) and Ava (1).
Ten-year-old Phoebe Matthews in her NHS-funded walker at home with mum Amanda, dad Shaun and sisters Anya (10) and Ava (1).
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YOU’VE done it again – made a disabled child’s dream come true and left her whole family feeling like they have won the Lottery.

Just a week after the Spalding Guardian appealed to readers to raise £2,100 to buy ten-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Phoebe Williams a walker so she can play with her friends at school, we have been able to tell the family that their target has been reached.

Now the bright little girl from Meadway, Spalding, is looking forward to having the special pink frame by September in time to start her new school.

After hearing the fantastic news, mum Amanda said: “It is totally unbelievable, fantastic. I can’t believe it has happened so quickly. I am so pleased and Phoebe will be too.

“Now, fingers crossed, she will be able to get the walker before she starts the Willoughby School in Bourne in September and it will give her a little bit of independence to play with her friends and take part in more things.

The family needed £2,100 to buy the supportive walker which enables Phoebe to scoot around under her own steam. Her disabilities mean she needs help to do most things, so the walker is vital to relieve her frustration.

She already has a walker she uses at home provided by the NHS, but because of its size it is impossible to transport it between home and school, leaving Phoebe with the agonising choice of where she wanted to be able to use it.

Within hours of launching the appeal, a mystery donor had handed in £1,000 and later the staff shop good causes committee at Bakkavor’s West Marsh Road had added a further £500.

Now the Rotary Club of Spalding have stepped in to provide the final £600.

Amanda added: “Phoebe really comes alive when she is in her walker so to us, this is like winning the Lottery.

“We really can’t thank people enough for their generosity.”