Wheelchair appeal for Spalding teacher Nicole Amott: 'I can't put into words how generous everybody has been'
A fundraising appeal to help buy a new wheelchair for a disabled Spalding teacher has been given a much needed boost.
On Monday this week, Sunflower Lodge Childcare, in Pinchbeck, got behind the appeal to help Nicole Amott (29) after she was injured in a car accident and her wheelchair was badly damaged.
Nicole, who teaches at The Priory School, has muscular dystrophy and scoliosis and has been in a wheelchair since she was 11.
It was impossible for her to get cover for the relatively 'ancient' powered wheelchair that cost £16,500 when she was a pupil at Spalding High School.
So people have been pulling together to help raise the £21,000 needed to buy a new powered wheelchair so she can go back to work.
Even comedian and actor Jason Manford has got behind the appeal, sharing her story on his Facebook page.
At the event on Monday, more than £2,000 was raised - to bring the total raised so far to just over £10,000.
Then, on Tuesday afternoon, Nicole learned that Spalding and District Round Table has pledged to make up the remainder of the total needed, once the fundraising hits the £16,000 mark.
Nicole said she cannot put into words how generous everybody has been.
Her son Joseph (2) attends Sunflower Lodge Childcare and joined the children in a sponsored 'Wheelathon' organised by nursery owner Lisa Oddie.
The balance bikes used were supplied free of charge for the day by Quadring-based fitness company Give It Some Fizz.
Nicole said: "I am so overwhelmed by how much Sunflower Lodge have raised with their Wheelathon.
"When Lisa told me about the event I was amazed by the idea - the children wheeling to buy me new wheels! They all had so much fun taking part and I am so grateful to everyone who sponsored them! Sunflower Lodge have always been supportive and this shows how much they care for their families!"
And when she learned the news from the Round Table, she said: "I can't thank them enough and put into words how much their generosity will impact my life."
Matthew Cole, for Spalding and District Round Table, who is also chairman of the Spalding Festival, held at the Castle Sports Complex recently, said: "Nicole does so much for her school and the community that we would like to support her.
"Spalding Round Table is a charitable organisation and our members in Spalding are always keen to do what we can to help local good causes.
"As you know, we are involved in the organisation of two well established and successful events in Spalding that look to raise money for worthwhile causes, being the Boxing event in February and the Spalding Festival in May.
"Reading Nicole’s story in the paper, our members were keen to help and to give her fundraising a boost."
Nursery owner Lisa Oddie said: "We are really chuffed with how much was raised. We hope people will keep supporting the appeal to help Nicole."
And Holly Barrett, for Give It Some Fizz, added: "We were delighted to support Sunflower Lodge Pre-School with their fundraising efforts. The children and staff are very enthusiastic about learning to cycle. They all thoroughly enjoyed riding the balance bikes around the obstacle course during the fantastic Wheelathon event."
To help donate towards the appeal for Nicole, you can go to the Just Giving Page here.