09:55AM, Friday 17 July 2015
A community has pulled together to raise money for a specialist bathroom for a severely disabled youngster.
Spencer Howse-Macbeth has bilateral quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is unable to sit up, stand or walk unaided.
The 12-year-old uses a special chair to sit under the shower but the experience causes him anxiety and distress.
His mother Holly Macbeth started a Go Fund Me fundraising website last week to raise £20,000 to have a specially adapted bathroom installed.
She said a bath would help Spencer relax as he loves swimming and being submerged in water.
The single mum is able to get a Disabilities Facilities Grant, but this would only allow for the cheapest option.
She said she wants to get the best facilities to make life easier and more comfortable for Spencer, herself and Spencer's seven-year-old brother, Fletcher.
Since starting the page on Friday, July 10, more than £2,000 has been raised, thanks to the community of Old Windsor.
Holly said: “I was getting rid of some of my younger son’s toys and put an advert on the We Love Old Windsor Facebook page and a husband and wife came to collect them.
“The next thing I saw was the man has posted on the page about Spencer’s fundraising.
“I didn’t know him but he put a bit of a blurb about Spencer and a link to the Go Fund Me page and donations just took off.”
Following the post, other people have started their own fundraising efforts for the cause, including an online auction, a cake sale and a fitness morning.
Emma Mistry saw Spencer’s story and told her seven-year-old son Reuben about it.
He wanted to do something to help and today (Friday) is set to run a lemonade and popcorn stand.
Called Spencer’s Summer Snack Shack, it will be outside Datchet St Mary’s Primary School between 3pm and 4pm.
Holly said she has been touched by the generosity of the ‘amazing’ community.
She added Spencer’s school, Manor Green in Maidenhead, had offered to donate a special bath it was getting rid of.
It still needs to be checked by an occupational therapist and fitted, and if it is appropriate money raised will go towards updating the rest of the bathroom.
Visit www.gofundme.com/z8r9wz5d to view the page and donate.
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