Appeal to help Doddington man Will Storey is 'wheely' close to £24,000 target
An appeal to help a disabled Fenland man be more independent with a state-of-the-art wheelchair is just over £3,000 short of the target.
In less than five months the Wills' Wheels appeal has raised over £20,512 of the £24,000 target. The latest fundraiser was a family fun day held at the Anchor pub in Wimblington on Saturday which saw appeal organiser Kay Storey bank £1,750 on behalf of her son William, known as Wills.
Kay, from Wimblington, set up the Wills Wheels Gofundme page at the end of February with the aim of raising around £30,000 for a new chair for 23-year-old Wills, who was born prematurely and has cerebral palsy.
Organisations and individuals alike have responded generously to help Wills, buy the wheelchair which Kay said she will be ordering later this week, which will enable her son to enjoy more freedom, including the ability to stand up.
Earlier this year Wills tried a new wheelchair that, unlike his current one, will allow him to stand up.
When the appeal was launched it had a target of nearly £30,000 but Kay has since been told by the wheelchair company that she will not have to pay VAT and so the target has dropped to around £24,000.
Kay said: "Wills is absolutely over the moon and so excited at the thought that we are almost at the target amount. We decided not to hold any fundraisers over the school holidays, and in some ways I regret that decision, because we have got so close to the target.
"But I now feel confident enough to order the wheelchair. We need around another £3,000 and we hope to raise almost that at our next fundraiser on September 1, when we hold a bag pack at Tesco in March.
"We have been completely gobsmacked by people's generosity and just can't thank the people of Fenland enough for the support they have show Will. We are truly grateful and never in million years expected to raise so much so quickly."
There is still a bit more money to come in from various fundraising efforts that people have held including a cream teas afternoon at the Three Tuns in Doddington.
At the time the appeal was launched Wills explained why the new chair would mean so much for him.
He said: “This wheelchair lets me stand up, which means I can stand up whenever I want or need to. Can you imagine it, this would be brilliant. As for the last two years I have been working on standing up with a machine but I can only do this with help of other people.
“This wheelchair would mean I wouldn’t need any help. OMG this chair can move when standing up.
“You really don’t know how much more independent I would be. Lots to explore. The wheelchair is a Permobile F5 Corpus VS.”
To help Wills achieve his dream visit: www.gofundme.com/will039s-wheels