Girvan girl’s wheelchair appeal as NHS say no to funding

Mike-Leigh Simpson is desperate for a new electric wheelchair.
Mike-Leigh Simpson is desperate for a new electric wheelchair.

The community of Girvan are being asked to rally round to ensure a teenager with cerebral palsy can receive a new electric wheelchair.

Mike-Leigh Simpson, who is 13, has been told by the NHS that she doesn’t qualify for an electric wheelchair which would allow her greater independence.

The new wheelchair would cost around £5000 to purchase but fundraisers are determined that goal can be achieved before Christmas.

One of the lead organisers Charlene Irvine spoke to the Gazette about the fundraising efforts and the reasons behind it.

“The NHS have said she is not entitled to an electric chair so this is why we’re trying to raise the £5000,” said Charlene.

“She’s 14 in January and she needs her independence to be able to go out on her own and with her friends.

“Right now she’s not able to do that without the help of an adult.

“We’re asking for the community spirit to be on show again as fingers crossed we hope to have the new wheelchair by Christmas for her.”

Major fundraising events are planned in October with a “5k for 5k” walk planned to leave the Victory Bar in the town on Saturday 10 October at 6pm costing £5 to enter.

Charlene added: “We are asking for men, women and kids to join us and Mike-Leigh will be there too.

“Donations such as water, fruit and chocolate for the walk are also welcome.”

There is also a 70s/80s disco planned in the Catholic Hall in Henrietta Street on Friday 16 October for which tickets are £10 and include a buffet starting at 8pm.

Charlene continued: “Allan McDowall and Snowy will be DJing and they’ve given up their time and will be doing it for nothing, as will the DMC security on the door so a big thanks to all of them.

“Mike-Leigh will hopefully be there for the first hour on the night so let’s ensure there is a good turnout for her.

“Liam Crawford from the Snack Shack is also going to get his head shaved on the night and we’re hoping for Mike-Leigh to do a bit of that.”

“You can get tickets by getting in touch with me or Kerry Bell or by commenting on the Facebook page.”

Donation tins are already in a whole host of businesses in the area including taxis belonging to Geoff’s Cabs, Co-Op, Dunlop’s Newsagents, Head Kandi, Grants, RBS, Dailly Stores, Woodland Hotel, Victory Stores, Flix, the Laundrette in Duncan Street and in Garden Girl in Kirkoswald.

Charlene added: “I’m also hoping to do a small raffle and auction so if anyone has any prizes for them, hand them into me at the Victory Stores or get in touch on Facebook.”

You can donate to the fund for Mike-Leigh’s new wheelchair by visiting: http://www.gofundme.com/bg2ma6qs.

You can also find out more about the disco night by searching for MikeLeigh Simpson’s new wheel fund on Facebook.