Beau was born in February 2011. Perfect and healthy. My much longed for baby boy.
In the early hours of 1st March 2011 Beau become increasingly unsettled. Calls were made and I was reassured that he would be ok to see our GP the following day.
Sadly by the time our GP got us referred in to Lincoln County Hospital Beau's eyesight was failing and the irreversible brain damage had started to take hold.
Beau was fighting for his life against bacterial meningitis and sepsis.
Two days later Beau was recovered by the critical care team and transferred on life support to Sheffield Children's Hospital.
Here he spent 4 days and nights on life support and a further 3 weeks on a surgical ward having life-saving intravenous antibiotics.
Beau was left visually impaired, with physical and mental disabilities. He has cerebral palsy and complex learning difficulties. He can walk with supervision but relies on a wheelchair outside of our home.
Lots of you will know I'm on my own with the Beau, now aged 9 and his 6 year old brother Dexter.
Despite Beau's complex needs we still enjoy getting outside, walking the dog, exploring the nature trail behind our house and going to the park amongst other regular outdoor activities.
However, our standard issue pushchair really doesn't lend itself well to outdoor, semi-rural life.
In fact, a small twig or the slightest raised curb can sometimes leave us stuck fast or even nearly tipping over completely.
We're very lucky to live right next to a beautiful nature trail in the Lincolnshire which countryside which a team of local volunteers work hard to maintain and they have also tried to make a small clearing wheelchair accessible. While I've managed it once the effort it took to get us all there was immense and we only made it there and back as I'm so bloody-minded and I refused to be beaten.
In fairness, it half-killed me though!
Lots of you will have seen me running in the village and know I enjoy mud runs. Unfortunately, single Sen mum life means running and OCR are taking a back seat right now.
This not only impacts on me physically but mentally as well. Not being able to run makes me feel that I'm also not able to 'mum' to the best of my abilities in the holidays as I'd like to. This in turn impacts on the children's happiness.
Early in 2019 I took Beau to an exhibition to view an all-terrain pushchair, the Delta by Delichon.
We both absolutely loved it! After having a sit in it on the stand I asked if Beau he'd like one of his own. Of course his answer was yes!
And this is where you come in...
Unfortunately, all special needs 'luxury' equipment comes with a ridiculous price tag.
The quote for the Delta is £3000. Without fundraising Beau won't get his pushchair and as above, this all impacts on us hugely. It means during the holidays getting the boys out and about, doing all the things we love to do can be tough. So tough that often we just stay at home.
Any donation that you can make to help us towards the purchase of this amazing bit of kit will be hugely appreciated.
I'm hoping to get some fundraising events going. If I've not reached our target by June I'll be completing 6-8 miles of the Midlands Tough Mudder and hope to use the event to raise some sponsorship towards reaching our goal.
If anyone else has any fundraising suggestions I'll be really happy to hear them and help organise any other events we can think of.
Coming cap in hand is something that's taken me nearly a year to get my head round but lots of people have encouraged me to do so I hope to get as much support with this in the hope that this year I'll be able to complete a local park run with Beau in his shiny new, all-terrain pushchair, funded by his friends and family.
Thank you so much for reading and for your support.
Kate, Beau and Dexter xxx