Laura Stinton launched the £200,000 campaign after being told during an inspection by an occupational therapist that the house she currently lives in, a terraced property in Burnley, is not suitable for the number of adaptations needed to meet to the complex needs of her son Henry and she would have to move.
Laura bought the house herself six years ago. The news was therefore a devastating blow, especially since she cannot afford to buy the property she needs.
Laura, who is now 29, said: “I love my house and I’m proud that I was able to buy it myself without anyone’s help when I was just 23.
“But it’s not possible to live here long term because of the volume of equipment and medicine that Henry needs.
“I had to sell furniture to make room for some of the equipment. Ideally we need a bungalow with plenty of outdoor space.”
If she hits the target, Laura hopes to use £150,000 to buy the property and the remaining money will go towards adaptations. She will also be able to apply the little equity from the sale of her own house to the security of the new house.
Henry, who turns six in October, suffers from a range of conditions including stage five quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which means he is unable to sit up or hold his head up without help. He is also registered blind and brain damaged.
He spent the first six weeks of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit at Burnley General Hospital and underwent major surgery on his airway.
Single mother Laura, who attended the former Gawthorpe High School in Padiham, made the decision to give up her job as a freelance hairdresser to become Henry’s full-time carer two years ago.
She said: “Due to the number of hospital appointments for Henry and the difficulty in finding someone who could look after Henry, the only option for me was to stop working.”
Laura hopes she can resume her career soon, as Henry has started attending Holly Grove School in Burnley, where he is settling in well at the moment.
She added: “Henry really is the cheekiest little love and chappy ever and he knows when he’s being cheeky.
“People ask me how I’m doing and I have to admit there have been times when it’s been difficult, especially with covid, but he’s my son and I want to do my best to ensure that ‘Henry is giving her the best quality of life possible.
Laura has held a series of raffles, auctions and car shoe sales and she has managed to raise £5,700 so far.
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