Help Jessi enjoy the benefits of new pool
THE only time Jessi Clarke has any freedom of movement is when she is in the pool – when she is swimming, she is in heaven.
Born with cerebral palsy, 12-year-old Jessi spends her whole day in her wheelchair.
Her carer, Paula Hovey, recently set up a GoFundMe page in a bid to raise enough money to build a swimming pool in her Cannonvale backyard.
The fundraising page has set a target of $300,000 to build a fibreglass above-ground pool that would be accessed via an existing deck at the back of Jessi’s house.
Ms Hovey said the swimming pool would provide welcome relief from Jessi’s confinement and really benefit her vital physiotherapy.
“She is in that chair from the moment she gets up to the moment she goes to bed, and (in the pool) is the only time she can actually move by herself,” she said.
“To see her in a pool is quite amazing.”