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North Derbyshire Radio – SPECIAL REPORT – North Derbyshire mum trying to raise money to help severely disabled son.

A North Derbyshire mum’s trying to raise money to get her house adapted for her severely disabled son.

Claire Rodgers says eight year old George is “the most amazing little boy”, but he has struggled with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy, global development delay and several other conditions. And she says the boy has had dozens of surgeries, a cardiac arrest and two strokes.

To adapt the ground floor of their home to George’s needs, Ms Rodgers says they need to install a wet room, have the doors widening, fit a ceiling hoist and put in ramps at the front and back.

Ms Rodgers says the cost of the adaptations is £86,000, but the council’s grant only covers £30,000.

“We have to find the rest,” she explained. “We have had some amazing community and family support, but are getting to where we are running out of ideas and getting desperate.

“We are not asking for a bigger or better house – just one that allows George to continue to live at home in a house that meets his needs with a family that loves him.

“George has fought all his life to survive and we have to fight for everything he needs.”

They have been fundraising since last August and have managed to raise most of the money required from fun days, raffles, charity nights and sponsored head shavings, but are asking for help with the final few thousand pounds.

“It means the world to us to be able to keep George safely at home, and just giving him the best life possible, because that’s what he deserves.”

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