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Can You Help Laura?
Local girl, Laura Bashford, is currently trying to raise money to help provide herself with a much needed specialist wheelchair which will significantly improve the quality of her life.
Laura, who is 21yrs old, suffers from an inherited condition known as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a genetic disorder which adversely affects the structure of connective tissues in the body. There are a number of different types of EDS, which together produce a vast spectrum of symptoms. Although many sufferers can lead full and active lives, EDS can lead to physical disability.
Laura suffers from a form of the condition known as Hypermobility EDS. The connective tissue in her joints is so weakened that it is not always able to hold the joints in place. Laura has suffered from EDS since she was a toddler but the symptoms increased significantly when she was in her early teens.
Currently Laura is subject to unexpected dislocations of her ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, thumbs and wrists as well as to discs in her neck and to the left side of her jaw. These arbitrary dislocations of her joints occur frequently. The events are by their very nature unpredictable and often result in Laura’s body losing its rigidity and effectively paralysing her. These events come with excruciating pain and such distress that Laura is a frequent visitor to A&E. EDS can also affect internal organs. In Laura’s case, her condition has caused her stomach to become sluggish and she needs to be fed through a tube directly into her intestines.
This can lead to extra physical injury if Laura is not supported when the dislocations occur. She has a wheelchair at the moment but it has become clear that this chair is dangerous, as the low back and limited leg support are no longer enough to give Laura the protection she needs in those dangerous moments. This means that Laura no longer moves far from her home and indeed spends much of her time bedridden. The wheel chair Laura needs has substantial leg rests and a high tilting back which firstly ensures that she cannot fall backwards out of her chair during a dislocation event. The chair’s tilting back can then be adjusted to minimise the risk of open sores during paralysis episodes. So Laura is doing the best she can to help herself to fund a suitable wheelchair.
She explained “It would be the difference between being bedridden and having an acceptable quality of life. My mobility will be increased, both indoors and out. My friend and I used to go to the cinema, and I’d love to be able to go to music events and the swimming therapy I used to do at James Cook Hospital.” But it’s not just about enabling Laura to have a pleasanter life. It will make her life substantially safer.
The cost of the wheelchair is £3500. Laura has raised £200 pounds so far and has also applied to The Rotary Club for assistance in this project. Anyone wishing to help can visit ‘Go Fund Me’ at funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/xg6mdm9d
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Sedgefield strikes gold again
Sedgefield won gold once again at the Northumbria in Bloom awards, held on September 15th in Berwick. Sedgefield in Bloom chairman Howard Smith and chairman of Sedgefield Town Council Mel Carr accepted the award from Sir Alan Beith, former MP for the town, now sitting in the Lords (see photo.)
Giving a total score of 95.5 %, judges Robert Germany and Sophie Straker gave particular praise to tubs, baskets and beds in the centre of the village; planting against the church wall and the Vicar’s Dash; attractive displays in Ceddesfeld Gardens; and the agricultural area at Beacon Lane.
They also enjoyed the formality of the 700 bed, planted up this year to commemorate VE Day 1945; the wildflower meadow at Wykes Close; and Malton Terrace herb garden. Sedgefield’s commitment to conservation, including the collection of leaves for compost, also impressed them. They found the town very smart, with no evidence of litter or fouling. Scoring the Sedgefield in Bloom group 100% for community involvement, judges described ‘an organised body, with excellent fund-raising and networking skills - a good model for others to copy and learn from.’
Gold awards also went to colourful displays at The Golden Lion and The Dun Cow, as well as the gardens of Claremont Grove and 1 Hadleigh Close. A gold medal for Hardwick Park completed the clutch of awards won by Sedgefield in Bloom 2015. Work is already underway for next year.
The Magic Mobile - Norma Neal would like to thank all those people who helped to make her recent book launch at the Manor House such a success.
Sports coaching is alive and well in Bradbury - Keith Greenwell, a Tennis Coach of 30 years, has already received awards for Durham County Coach of the Year; Outstanding Contribution to Sport - Durham County; as well as Durham Dales.
A new team at the top of SCC - Ten students were recently nominated for the role of Head Boy and Head Girl at Sedgefield Community College.
Cyclo Cross - Ashburn Wealth Management Cycle Racing Team will host a round of the North East Cyclo Cross League on Saturday 21st November in Hardwick Park.
Aikido - Sedgefield Community College has hosted some 90 people at a seminar that attracted aikido practitioners from Britain, Germany, Belgium and France.
Cricket - After relegation from the Premier Division of the North Yorkshire and South Durham League at the end of the 2014 season and losing many players, the 2015 season was always going to be challenging for the club.
Community Life Snippets
Energy Switch - If you wish to continue with the reduced costs that you have enjoyed during this last year it is important that you re-register again now as it is likely that your costs will increase when your current contract comes to an end.
Ceddesfeld Hall - As dark nights close in, there is still plenty to do at Ceddesfeld, so don’t stay home alone!
Farmers' Market - On Sunday 1st November you can taste samples of Kelly Bronze Turkeys & Geese brought by Dryden Farm, a local specialist in these Christmas birds.
Wed 11th Nov - Sedgefield Veterans Armistice Day Service St Luke's Church War
Memorial, Winterton. 10-40am with Silence at 11.
Sat 7th Nov - Sedgefield Cricket Club Quiz Night 8pm Quiz Master, Tony Magee
Fri 27th Nov - Sedgefield Rock and Blues Club. Parish Hall 7.30pm. Rebecca Downes plus Andy Power Band. Tickets £12 from 07957104434