No limits for Charlotte
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.
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.