Alcester mum helps make disabled youngster's life easier - The Stratford Observer

Alcester mum helps make disabled youngster's life easier

Stratford Editorial 17th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

A DISABLED youngster’s life has been made a little easier with the help of a mum-of-three from Alcester.

Ruby Crowther was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy – a genetic, degenerative and incurable condition affecting how nerves carry messages to muscles.

The nine year-old from Worcester uses a specially adapted wheelchair and has to undergo regular physiotherapy sessions to stop her muscles from wasting away.

To help make life a little easier Ruby’s family decided to install a lift in their home – but at £3,500 they struggled to find the money.

When friend Emma Gibbons heard how much the lift cost she decided to start a fund-raising page and hold auctions to try and raise the cash.

The mum-of-three from Alcester told the Observer: “Ruby is such an incredibly intelligent and happy little girl with a wicked sense of humour.

“I heard about how the family have been trying to raise the money for a lift and knew how much it would help both Ruby and her family.

“I sat there thinking about how I’d feel and cope if any of my children were in Ruby’s situation and just kept coming to the same conclusion – I honestly don’t know how the family do it.

“It was then I decided I wanted to try and raise the rest of the funds that the family needed in order to buy the lift.”

The mum-of-three began by starting a fund-raising page and even organised an auction at her local metal detecting club ‘Diggers Unite UK’. Other members soon started auctioning off their own items and together the team managed to raise £1,000 to help.

The Crowther family now have the money to buy the lift, but Emma has decided to keep fund-raising to buy items which will help Ruby lead as normal a life as possible.

She said: “I have decided to keep the fund-raising page open for now as there will always be things Ruby needs as she is growing up.

“She is such a happy, positive girl and the whole family are so deserving of everyone’s generosity.”

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