My name is Carole.
I've recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It's a life changing auto immune disorder. There is no cure and it's progressive, but I'm a positive person and I'm hoping to take steps to continue things I love and helps others to benefit too.
I have an allotment plot in Sedgefield where I live, but I need wheels to walk now so it isn't safe for me until it's been made accessible. It needs raised beds, paved paths and ramps.
The preparation is costly, then the materials and I need to be able to show I'm growing on my plot to keep it, so I have a timeline. It's the rules and it's fair, I'm not complaining.
My friends have suggested crowdfunding, and I support others, so here I am hoping for support for myself and those who will benefit with me.
I work with ex- military charities, and those living with Alzheimer's and I will share my accessible space with them.
It will make a huge difference to my life to continue my lifestyle where I can. Fresh air, growing, socialising, learning, eating and sharing the fruit and vegetables that we grow. It will be a safe place for me and my wheels, and my friends who visit. We could accommodate wheelchairs, amputees, able bodied friends, and it's especially helpful for physical and mental health, inc PTSD.
But I need help... I have Andy from AJS Home & Gardening Services helping with volunteers to dig and put the safe structure in place. It's a lot of work, and he's a business, not a charity.
I need to pay for paving, sleepers, topsoil, bricks and a BBQ top, I'd like to feed my volunteers and visitors.
Seating, pallets, a greenhouse, coldframes, all re-used and at best prices, I will use the funds well.
I am also committing to help other veterans to set up themselves with any funds left over and I will certainly help with advice and support if we don't.
So thank you for reading, and for donating if you do. You will be changing and improving lives for me and several other groups who are living with tough challenges. Some have served their country well, some are living with Alzheimer's, and my MS will be less of an impact if I can continue to grow.
Thank you so much.