THE PEOPLE TOUCHED BY GEEWIZZ
Andrew and Mick Fulcher
Brothers Andrew, affectionately known as ‘Sprock’, and Mick Fulcher suffer from Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, a severe muscle-wasting condition. They heavily rely on laptop computers to interact with the world, but it was becoming increasingly difficult for them to hold their devices. GeeWizz funded eye-gazers which enable them to operate their computers using an eye-operated communication and control system.
Delighted mum Lynn Fulcher said Michael hadn’t been able to use his laptop for a year while Sprock had to be propped up in bed with pillows and towels under his arms and elbows.
“Thanks to Gina and GeeWizz, this has all changed. They can now use their computers again to go on Facebook, email people and start interacting with the world again. I thought it would be years before I could afford these eye-gazers, but GeeWizz has made such a difference to their lives.”
GeeWizz also arranged for the brothers to see their beloved Arsenal at a match at the Emirates Stadium last season.
For the first three years of his life, George Woodward couldn’t smell grass, bend down and touch flowers, or pick up things from the floor. George has spinal muscular atrophy, type 2, a rare and debilitating condition which affects motor neurons in the spinal cord, leading to severe disability. But it has never stopped George’s zest for life.
Now he is able to do all the things most families take for granted after GeeWizz funded a power wheelchair to replace his manual one, which tired him quickly.
His mum, Laura, says it has been life-changing for George, giving him the independence every child should have.
“He’s never been able to leave my side really, and now he’s got this chair he goes way ahead. We’ve been around the park and on lovely long walks and he’s having a great time.” George and his family were supported from the money raised for GeeWizz by the 2015 Sir Bobby’s Online Auction, now named the Ultimate Charity Auction.
Luke Cattermole has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He is unable to walk or talk, and do many of the things that 12-yearolds take for granted. GeeWizz has supported Luke with a much-needed portable hoist, sensory garden items and an away-day at Colchester Zoo for the whole family.
Mum Kirsty said: “GeeWizz has given us so many new opportunities. The hoist enables us to lift Luke in and out of chairs so we can think about going on holiday.
“He absolutely loves the outdoor chimes and sensory garden items. He is unable to do things like go on a slide but they give Luke the chance to play with his brothers in the garden. It is such a simple thing but it is amazing.”
Luke was also supported by a special exhibition showcasing the work of renowned Bury St Edmunds photographer Tom Murray. GeeWizz was chosen as the beneficiary of the evening, jointly hosted by St Edmundsbury Financial Services Ltd, Sheridans, 3SQ and Larksbridge. A fundraiser was also organised by Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday.