The Swindon Link magazine’s appeal on behalf of Sally Lawrence from Freshbrook in October brought forth some great offers of help.
Life for the 29 year old single parent is becoming harder as her Multiple Sclerosis worsens. Propelling a wheelchair around her bungalow exhausts Sally, whilst getting out without help from her mum or friends has become difficult.
This loss of independence and the fear of losing touch with everyday activities such as taking her son to school has made Sally very frustrated. She launched a personal appeal to help her raise ?2,000 for a powered wheelchair and we were tipped off by her friends at Partners Hair Salon who were organising a bucket collection and bag pack at Asda West Swindon.
Sally?s story touched a number of readers including Sarah O?Rafferty, right, from Taw Hill who offered a spectacular raffle prize – a rugby shirt signed by all the British Lions? players who toured New Zealand in the summer.
Sarah explained she was given the shirt when coordinating sponsorship and marketing on behalf of Zurich. “The shirt has some wonderful memories of a great tour, even though it was really tough for the team. I?m sure the boys who signed the shirt will be pleased to know that I?m passing it on to raise money for Sally.
“The story in The Link just leapt off the page; I knew I had to help.”
Marc Tieleman who runs e-bay auction shop Let Us Auction It has agreed to auction the shirt online, commission free, to give it maximum exposure worldwide.
To boost Sally?s fund Jane Upfold from Westlea is undertaking a sponsorsed swim at the DeVere Hotel and Anna Capela from St Andrew?s Ridge has donated a large number of items to be sold in a car boot sale and other readers have made cash donations.
The target figure is also reduced because West Swindon based wheelchair supplier Olivia Reeves has agreed to source the power chair at a discount.
Sally has been bowled over by reader response. “Sarah?s donation is just fantastic. I didn?t want to take off the shirt when she pointed out Jonny Wilkinson?s signature. It was so lovely to be told about Jane?s swim and the donations from Anna and others. Everybody is being so kind.”
Sally is going to donate any money raised beyond her target to the Swindon Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis in Cheney Manor. The centre relies entirely on donations and fundraising to maintain its support services to MS sufferers, including the oxygen tank which is used to relieve the symptoms of the disease.
Bidding opens on Thursday 3 November and closes on 13 November at www.letusauctionit.co.uk