A Willington mum determined to give back to the Manchester college which has done so much for her daughter is holding a special fundraiser in its honour.
Lizzie Bailey, 20, has multiple profound learning disabilities and epilepsy, and requires 24-hour care.
But charity The Seashell Trust – which supports children and young adults with complex learning disabilities through its residential school and college – has ‘opened up a whole new world of experiences and challenges for her’, says Lizzie’s mum Heather Bailey.
Now Heather has decided to help them in their campaign to raise enough money to buy 12 sensory chairs – which come in at £1,300 each – to share between 140 students by holding her own coffee afternoon.
Heather explained: “The Seashell Trust is a fantastic place and gives her many great opportunities so we wanted to give something back in Lizzie’s name.
“When you have a young person with such profound needs, it is life-changing for the whole family.
“Day to day living is hard work and the future can seem daunting.
“The trust helps parents like us to look to the future and plan, which is never an easy prospect.
“Lizzie will need care for the rest of her life and it’s vital to have the correct support to create a happy and safe environment for her.”
The coffee afternoon, featuring homemade cakes, prizes, tombola and live music, will be held at Kelsall Community Centre on Saturday, September 10, from 2pm to 4pm.
The entrance fee is £1 with additional charges for refreshments and cakes.
“We are working hard to put on a fabulous afternoon so need lots of people to come along on the day and eat our scrummy homemade cakes whilst raising money for a worthwhile cause,” added Heather.
If you would like to donate online, search for the Seashell Trust on Virgin Money Giving, where you can also leave a message about Heather’s fundraiser.