A MOTHER has spoken of how a fundraising drive which helped buy her daughter a new wheelchair has changed their lives.
Natalie Foulkes, aged 38, originally from St Asaph, said 12-year-old Millie’s new wheelchair, has enabled them to enjoy a lot more family days out.
Millie, who suffers with Williams syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder, is not able to walk long distances or on uneven surfaces.
“Millie is a lot happier in herself since she got the wheelchair - she doesn’t have to struggle anymore,” said Natalie.
“Having this allows us to access a lot more as a family. We have been able to do things like go to the zoo and go for a walk along the beach - and holidays are going to be a lot easier.”
Natalie, who began training with Ben Williams from Live Life Light Fitness based in St Asaph, has praised him, along with his fiance Leanne for organising a charity night, held in Spring Gardens Holiday Park, which helped raise the money to buy the wheel chair.
“The St Asaph community all got together - I can’t believe the generosity of people,” said Natalie.
“The wheel chair is life changing. Her old one was too heavy and too hard to push.”
Millie was born with the rare genetic disorder that has resulted in her having a severe learning disability, autism, and hypersensitive hearing.
Millie, who attends Ysgol- y -Gogarth in Llandudno, is scared of outdoor noises and has to wear earplugs to help reduce noise.
Natalie, whose family remains in St Asaph, now lives in Colwyn Bay, with Millie, her other daughter six-year-old Poppy and her husband Daniel, aged 32.
She has thanked all the business who gave raffle prizes, sold tickets and helped with the auction of the charity event, which took place on August 25, that raised £2,000 which has been split between funds for Millie’s wheelchair and CLIC Sargent, the UK's leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.