THE PEO­PLE TOUCHED BY GEEWIZZ

EADT Suffolk - - Charity Ball -

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.

Ge­orge Wood­ward

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

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.

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