Help Jessi en­joy the ben­e­fits of new pool

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

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.”

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