No lim­its for Char­lotte

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By GE­ORGE GARD­NER

QUADRUPLE am­putee Char­lotte Clev­er­ley-Bis­man can’t wait to go to Camp No Lim­its in the United States. And we’re go­ing to get her there. The Mad Butcher and Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers Com­mu­nity Trust, proudly sup­ported by the Auck­land City Harbour News, is do­nat­ing $5000 to help Char­lotte and her fam­ily make the jour­ney.

The en­tire ex­er­cise, in­clud­ing a few days in Lon­don where Char­lotte will have in­ten­sive phys­io­ther­apy to pre­pare her for the ex­pe­ri­ence, will cost $25,000.

An amaz­ing $8870 has been do­nated through the givealit­tle web­site and a fur­ther $5000 has been pledged.

Now the trust is pitch­ing in with a fur­ther $5000 to help lighten the load.

Chair­man and Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers gen­eral man­ager David Penny says Char­lotte’s story touched the hearts of a na­tion when she con­tracted meningo­coc­cal dis­ease at the age of 6 months.

‘‘This brave young girl is an in­spi­ra­tion to ev­ery­one,’’ he says.

‘‘She has a tough road ahead and this camp will help give her a boost along the way – many peo­ple have al­ready been very gen­er­ous help­ing Char­lotte and her fam­ily fundraise for this trip and I hope our read­ers and busi­nesses across Auck­land will do the same.’’

Past chair­man Sir Peter Leitch says Char­lotte’s story made trustees re­assess their usual fund­ing cri­te­ria.

‘‘Do­nat­ing to an in­di­vid­ual is not some­thing we would nor­mally do,’’ he says.

‘‘But this is a one-off, a spe­cial case with Char­lotte. We put it to the trustees and it was unan­i­mous.’’

Char­lotte, 9, has learnt to walk a short dis­tance on ‘‘stub­bies’’ and has had two op­er­a­tions this year to straighten her up so she can try walk­ing more on her blades.

Camp No Lim­its pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion, men­tor­ship, and sup­port to chil­dren cop­ing with limb loss and and their fam­i­lies.

Photo: GE­ORGE GARD­NER

Good news: Mad Butcher and Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers Com­mu­nity Trust chair­man David Penny, front right, presents Char­lotte Clev­er­ley-Bis­man, 9, with $5000 to­wards her trip to Camp No Lim­its in the United States. Also pic­tured is past trust chair­man Sir Peter Leitch, left, and Char­lotte’s mum and dad Perry Bis­man and Pam Clev­er­ley.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bournews. co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video of Char­lotte’s first steps at Camp No Lim­its.

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