THE family of ten-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Phoebe Matthews say they have been “blown away” by the support they have received since their story appeared in the Lincolnshire Free Press.
Earlier this month we launched a campaign to raise £2,100 to buy Phoebe, of Meadway, Spalding, a walker which will enable her to get around under her own steam and play with her friends when she starts her new school in September.
Within days the donations came flooding in and we reached our target, meaning Phoebe’s mum Amanda has been able to order the special pink walker that supports Phoebe upright and allows her to scoot around.
But the support for Phoebe did not stop when the magic figure was reached and Amanda says its has been “overwhelming”.
She said: “It really amazes me that people go out of their way to help when they don’t have to.
“Phoebe, her two sisters and I were in a car park in Spalding the other day and we were having a really hard time and we all ended up in tears.
“But then a man came across to us from a nearby business and asked if we were the family who had been in the paper and when I said we were he thrust an envelope into my hand. I tried to give it back, but he wouldn’t accept it and when I got home and opened it there was £100 inside.
“I tried taking it back the next day, telling them we had reached our target for the walker, but they refused to take it back and told me to use it for something else for Phoebe.
“That kind of support has really taken me aback and the response we had to the appeal for Phoebe’s walker was incredible.
“When you are in our situation like ours you really do not realise how many decent people there are out there who just want to help people less fortunate than themselves.
“We have found it overwhelming. These people deserve medals. We have been taken aback by everyone’s generosity and we would like to thank everyone who has helped, particularly the Lincolnshire Free Press – everyone has been totally amazing.”
Last week Pat Baxter, of the staff shop at Bakkavor’s West Marsh Road site, handed over a cheque to Phoebe for £500, a mystery donor gave £1,000 and the Rotary Club have donated £600.