Mum’s delight over appeal for Joshua (3)

Joshua and mum Aimee inside the calming room. Photo: SG171012-08
Joshua and mum Aimee inside the calming room. Photo: SG171012-08
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An overjoyed mum had her dream come true when Spalding Guardian readers made it possible for her severely disabled son to have his own calming room.

Spalding Garth School pupil Joshua Holmes (3) is too poorly to talk and cannot move around under his own steam because he has a severe form of cerebral palsy that affects all four limbs.

In February, we launched an appeal for £1,200 so Joshua could have a specially adapted shed to house all of his physio equipment and special needs toys.

Our sister paper, The Lincolnshire Free Press, set the ball rolling with a £300 donation from its Children’s Fund.

Bakkavor Staff Shop at Spalding completed the appeal in one go with a whopping £900 – and Q V Foods donated a further £1,000 to help mum Aimee (27) buy more equipment.

The family, including Jake (10) and Oliver (6), moved from Sutton Bridge to Gedney Drove End earlier this year.

Being able to put all of Joshua’s equipment in the adapted shed means the family have more room in their home.

Aimee said: “It’s a nice, calming room that he likes to play in. It’s lovely, it’s a Godsend, it really is. I just want to thank everybody who has donated.

“Special needs items are expensive and as a single parent I would not be able to fund all of these things myself.”

The shed is heated, carpeted and has twinkling fairy lights on the ceiling and houses equipment like Joshua’s bubble tube and ball pool.

Aimee spent part of the Q V Foods money on a podium for the bubble tube as well as other special needs equipment and some is earmarked for a special needs car seat.

She spends hours in the room with Joshua – and Jake and Oliver play there too with their baby brother.