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Scary cash bid to help Wimblington girl Jucinda get a new wheelchair



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A family are hoping to boost a fundraising effort to help a young girl be mobile with their Halloween scary home.

Jucinda Upchurch-Bent needs a new wheelchair. (5083643)
Jucinda Upchurch-Bent needs a new wheelchair. (5083643)

Sharon and Jamie Wilding have decorated their Maple Grove home in March for the past few years for a number of worthy causes.

This year they have chosen a charity closer to their hearts. They want to raise funds for their God daughter Jucinda Upchurch-Bent.

The 11-year-old has quadraplegic cerebral palsy, which means all four limbs are affected, and she relies on a wheelchair to get about.

Jucinda Upchurch-Bent needs a new wheelchair and the Wildings are decorating their home to raise funds for her this Halloween. (5083645)
Jucinda Upchurch-Bent needs a new wheelchair and the Wildings are decorating their home to raise funds for her this Halloween. (5083645)

But her current machine is not only broken, it has been declared unsafe by staff at her school, Highfields, in Ely, because it is unstable.

However, mum Mandy Upchurch-Bent, explained they have applied for a new NHS wheelchair only to be told there is an 11-month wait.

She said: “Her current wheelchair is three-years-old, it is too small for her and w e have spent a lot of money repairing it, but it is now getting beyond repair. The NHS said she can have a new chair, but there is an 11-month waiting list.

“Jucinda can’t wait that long, she needs a new one now, which is why we are trying to raise around £6,000 to buy one.

“We are so grateful that Sharon and Jamie are doing this for Jucinda. Hopefully people will come and enjoy all the decorations on the house and make a donation.

“We will also be trying to raise money through other events.”

Sharon, whose home is next to the shop in Maple Grove, added: “We think the world of Jucinda, which is why we are happy to help and hope people will support us so we can help her to be mobile.”



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