Mary & Oscar Stronger Together

We have three beautiful children, George (9), Mary (6) and Oscar (4). Mary had developmental delays and was diagnosed with having ASD, at the severe end of the spectrum, in November 2018. Oscar also had developmental problems, starting at 2 months old where he was unable to keep feed down. His issues continued to develop to the point where he has an unsafe swallow, is nonverbal and has severe mobility limitations.

At the back end of last year, both Oscar and Mary were diagnosed with Rett Syndrome.

Through Tree of Hope's support, we are looking to raise funds that help us be the family we always wanted to be and to be able to do the things "normal" families think nothing of doing, as well as ensuring Mary and Oscar can thrive in a safe, stimulating environment.

George has been a trooper, helping us and his siblings as much as he can (without us asking), but we want to give him as much of a real childhood as possible. We are unable to do a lot of the things his friends are doing with their siblings. We all love being outside and would love to go cycling as a family, but for obvious reasons we are unable to all go together.

So we are currently raising funds to put towards adapted cycles. We have discovered a bike that can be used for carers to give people with disabilities the experience of cycling and we believe this will allow us to have family bike rides. The bikes are called Van Raam Opair and their list price is £4554 (inc VAT) each. For us to go cycling as a family we would need 2.

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