A bed for Angelina

I am a Granny living in the UK who is disabled but gets help. I want to raise funds for a young lady I met via Facebook, we have become best friends and she feels like family to me. I knew Angelina had Cerebral Palsey as my Grandson has it so I guess it's what made us close. Angelina never told me a lot about her circumstances only spoke about the positive things in her life, never the negative, until the day I told her I had had a medical bed delivered free, it was then that I found out Angelina doesn't have a bed, so then I started to ask questions but maybe it's best if I just tell you Angelina's story.

Angelina was born in Minsk, Belarus in June 1991 the year the Soviet Union collapsed, she has Cerebral Palsy because of medical negligence. Her father walked out so Angelina's Mum raised her alone with help from Grandma and together they raised her to be as independent as she could be, they spent every penny they had on her education to give her every chance so, Angelina is the proud holder of a Masters Degree in Arts.

In 2017 Angelina got the chance to take part in Miss Wheelchair World in Poland, note the picture with the grey dress, she was a finalist, made friends, and enjoyed the experience it gave her confidence.

Angelina can't get work in Belarus it's impossible for disabled people there and she desperately wants to work in performing arts or anything associated with it.
She speaks Russian Belarusian, English and is learning Spanish. She loves watching episodes of Sherlock and dreams of working with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Her dreams are the same as any 29-year-old young lady but the reality of her life is very different.
She lives in a 4 room apartment on the 3rd floor with no lift, the only way she could move is if she married or had children. She lives with her mum and her grandma so very cramped for space. Angelina sleeps on a bed settee and her only wheelchair is very basic and broken at the moment.
Her CP gives her spasticity in her right hand so she needs someone to push her so has no independence, she can walk with the help of her mum but has balance problems.
I want to do something to improve Angelina's life so want to raise money to get her a decent bed and an electric wheelchair but it has to be one that can climb stairs and a lightweight chair she can use if she gets the chance to come and visit her English granny.  I have done my research and there is a store in Minsk that sells a stairclimbing chair made in Russia, there are others but they are either not available in Belarus or come from the USA and cost an unbelievable amount of money. A local store that can do servicing and repairs makes more sense. 
I have included more pictures and a video of Angelina's mum carrying her wheelchair. For Angelina to go out she has to carry the chair down then go back up and help Angelina down, then do the same in reverse when she gets home.
I can't even imagine how hard that is.
I am not expecting miracles but if we raise enough to help Angelina and there is money left over we have agreed it should go to  https://www.chernobyl-international.com/  

If you have read Angelina's story thank you for taking the time if you can donate no matter how small an amount please do and if you can't please share this everywhere you can.

You will all be aware that things are difficult in Belarus right now.

Please 50834186_1598816552992918_r.jpeg50834186_1598816585366871_r.jpeg50834186_1598816621555694_r.jpeghelp me put an even brighter smile on a very brave young lady's face ♥

Donations

  • Jason Pearce 
    • £25 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • £10 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • £20 
    • 1 mo
  • Bob Naylor 
    • £5 
    • 1 mo
  • Alice Barrow 
    • £20 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer

Vicky Hodgson 
Organizer
Tidworth, South West England, United Kingdom
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