Final piece of funding jigsaw allows family to renovate home for disabled daughter
PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 March 2018
A Worle family has been given an £8,000 grant to renovate their home for their disabled daughter.
Eight-year-old Elisha Enchill has severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is totally dependent on others, and specialist equipment, for feeding, care, and mobility.
Her mum, Rachel, said: “Elisha doesn’t sleep well at night, and wakes at least two or three times, to be turned, and it does take her a while to go back off to sleep again. She also has epilepsy, and the seizures tend to happen during the night.
“At the moment, she is upstairs, but her current bedroom is not suitable for her in the long-term.
“But we need to have Elisha’s bedroom upstairs, so we are close on hand throughout the night.”
The money will be used to create a fully-adapted and accessible bedroom above the garage with specialist equipment, en-suite wet room and a lift.
The family needed £35,000 to complete the work, which includes moving the main bathroom downstairs and making the whole home accessible.
To reach the total, they received a disabled facilities grant, and Rachel and David used some savings. They also held some fundraising activities, but the money from the Axentis Michael Charitable Trust was the final piece of funding needed.
Rachel said: “Elisha was born 15 weeks early and weighed just 1lb 2oz. At birth, brain scans showed all was perfect, but at six weeks old, she had an infection in her tummy which caused some intestine to die.
“During this time, she had a rapid drop in blood pressure, which meant oxygen didn’t get to the back of the brain, which caused the cerebral palsy.
“She is a beautiful girl and although she cannot talk, she has a wonderful and cheeky personality.
“Having our home adapted to meet Elisha’s needs means so much. It means we won’t have to lift her without support, it’s a safe environment for her and it means she has a home for life.
“We want to thank the Axentis Michael Trust for its incredible generosity – it means a lot to us.”
Alex Demetriou, from the trust, said: “After all the efforts her family had made to raise the money they needed, we were only too pleased to be able to help and to help fund these adaptations which will make life just a little bit easier for Elisha.”