For Ellie Pykett following in her twin sister’s footsteps hasn’t been so easy – as she suffers from Bilateral Asymmetric Cerebral Palsy. But now, thanks to amazing support on the back of a GoFundMe campaign, the cheerful three-year-old has been given her independence courtesy of a new power wheelchair.
Ellie’s parents Kirsty and Matthew Pykett set up the fundraising page after Ellie first tried out one of the wheelchairs and the manufacturer suggested asking for donations to help with the cost. Keen to see their daughter enjoy more independence as she’s unable to sit up, stand or walk unaided, they thought perhaps they might get a little money towards the £6,785 chair.
However, the support of their family, friends, Specsavers and wider community meant that just over £9,000 has been raised to date, ensuring the purchase of the chair and other equipment that Ellie needs to help her everyday activities.
Matthew and Kirsty first met 12 years ago when they worked at Specsavers Nottingham, both still work for the company today, Matthew manages the store in West Bridgford, while Kirsty is an audiologist at the Nottingham, West Bridgford and Bingham stores.
A word from Matthew
‘We are beyond grateful – and just can’t quite believe the generosity of everyone who has supported Ellie to make her life better,’ comments Matthew. ‘It’s been hard to see her watch her sister Grace do the things she wants to do but can’t, and not understand why either. She never complains and is always a ray of sunshine, so it’s great that the wheelchair will give her the ability to do so much more.
‘A special thank you to Specsavers too – the directors from the Nottingham, West Bridgford and Bingham stores have supported Kirsty and me over the years and particularly more recently with Ellie, we are very fortunate to have such caring employers,’ adds Matthew.
Ellie’s fundraising page is still open for donations for additional equipment she will need in the future, you can donate here.