Increasing issues with mobility has forced Cambridge toy shop Lighthouse Toys’ owner Samantha Broad to redouble efforts to raise money for a specialised wheelchair.
In summer this year, Broad and her family – the unit that together run the independent toy shop – launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise £22,000 for a high-spec wheelchair that will enable the toyshop owner continue to run the business.
Four years ago, Broad was struck with an illness that has resulted in her needing a wheelchair to get outside the house. While her mobility has gradually worsened, Broad still does not have a diagnosis, only an increasing need for the new wheelchair.
Since the launch of the GoFundMe campaign, the family toyshop has raised £6,857. In order to boost the funds, the family is organising a number of events including a quiz and an auction to be held on November 24th this year.
“The local Baptist Church has given us a large hall for free,” Broad tells ToyNews. “We have been given some great offers including a year’s membership to a fitness club, meals out and a Precision Target Shooting Experience.”
A number of toy companies have also donated toys to be used on the evening for a gift and treat stall and Lighthouse Toys is promoting the evening as an opportunity to buy Christmas presents.
Meanwhile, Broad’s efforts have seen her take the fight to the NHS for contribution.
“They can provide a voucher based on a wheelchair that meets my clinical needs,” she explained. “I was referred in April and have had three visits since then but still no chair offered that would work.
“My local MP has now offered to speak to the relevant NHS departments.”