We are having a dragon-themed party to celebrate Louis' new snapdragon powerchair and to try and thank everyone who supported us through holding events, donating money, publicising the cause and providing all kinds of support.
The party is this Sunday, 26th June from 1pm-5pm in the afternoon, everyone who has been involved is welcome to drop in.
The Yard, Leith are kindly letting us use their venue and putting on a buffet for us. We will have music, cake, games and fun!
Sunday 26 June 2011, 1pm-5pm
The Yard, Leith 2 Bonnington Road, Edinburgh EH6 5BJ
If you can, please come along and join us for a fun afternoon celebrating Louis'
wonderful new Snapdragon powerchair and the generosity, kindness and love of
everyone we know for helping us.
You can get more information and RSVP using eventbrite:
We've been having a busy time over the last few months. We travelled down for final fitting and to collect the Snapdragon from Dragon Mobility in Cambridge at the end of April.
Louis really picked things up really quickly and with a bit of nudging and shoving we got him out of the door and into the car park. Before long he was turning in circles and trying out his new chair.
We've got out and about, practicing driving in the courtyard and car park, and getting out to parks and supermarkets, and Louis is having an amazing time exploring. It does mean that getting anywhere takes a lot longer: not just getting in and out of car, but stopping to look at an interesting bit of wall, or a plant or a crack in the pavement. The important thing is that Louis is exploring the world and having a lot of fun along the way.
It's the end of the year and we are still being amazed at people's generosity over the last couple of months.
We have a lot of people to thank. Below are some of the donations from groups and companies. There have also been a large number of personal donations from friends, colleagues and friends of the family.
Skills Development Scotland Arbroath Careers Centre staff donated £95. Staff at the Dundee Careers Centre raised £100 by not sending Christmas Cards to each other (Christmas cards in Dundee must be really expensive! ;-)
Victoria Hospital outpatient's department staff have donated a very kind £60 for Christmas.
Thank you soooo much to everyone who has donated, helped run events, run around places or supported us in any way. It has been quite incredible how wonderful everyone has been. It has only been 10 weeks since we got our first donation on Just Giving and we couldn't have dreamed that we would have raised the money so quickly!
The Snapdragon has been ordered! The parts have been delivered to the factory. Now that we've reached our total they will be able to start making it! It is a long process but hopefully it will be ready in 12-16 weeks. No fast automated robotics like a car factory - everything is custom made to fit Louis and his particular needs.
Any extra money raised will help us buy a couple of docking systems to clamp the snapdragon into our Motability car and Louis' school bus. After that, any extra money will go towards the other young people like Louis who are trying to raise money with Turbo Trust for Snapdragons.
Traumaqueen, paramedic, blogger and photographer extraordinaire is having a raffle on his blog. He will take photos of anything suggested in the comments of his blog. If you donate at least a tenner to Louis' fundraising then you will be entered into a raffle to win the image YOU request, printed and mounted and ready to display in your house. Head over to Traumaqueen to add your photographic suggestions!
We're trying to raise money for a Snapdragon powered wheelchair for our son, Louis. Anything you can do to help us would be awesome. Visit www.justgiving.com /digitallouis to make a donation or get in touch at iwannahelp @digitallouis.com if you would like to run a fundraising event :-)
Thank you all for your support!