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Building work to help a six-year-old girl become more independent around her Beck Row home has been completed after a successful charity appeal, supported by the Bury Free Press and its readers, raised nearly £5,000.

Bury St Edmunds-based charity GeeWizz started an appeal for Jasmine Moxom, who has Spastic Cerebral Palsy, in October last year, to help increase accessibility around the home.

The work, which started last month, included taking down a wall in the kitchen, widening a doorway from the hall way, redecorating and laying new flooring throughout.

Seeing the fully finished renovation for the first time, GeeWizz founder Gina Long, said: “I am just overwhelmed, when I walked in the door I couldn’t believe it, it’s just wonderful and it is wonderful because so many wonderful people got involved to make the renovation happen.

Sally with daughters Summer, left, and Jasmine, right Picture by Mark Westley.
Sally with daughters Summer, left, and Jasmine, right Picture by Mark Westley.

“Also, without the generosity from Bury Free Press readers and the people that support GeeWizz we would not be sitting here today and to say this is life-changing is an understatement.”

The appeal included many fund-raising events, such as the charity’s first Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze, an Independent Retailer’s Raffle in Hatter Street, Bury, donations on a JustGiving page and funds raised by several local companies in Bury.

Jasmine’s mum, Sally, said the renovations had brought a massive change to her family’s lives.

She said: “Jasmine is not worried about walking now because she is on a flat surface and it’s a lot brighter out there so she can see where she is going,

“It has made a massive difference to her independence because she can get up and walk around now instead of having to crawl, so it has really helped her.”

Gina said the family loved the work, done by N B Hempstead Building Services, Graham Merton and Capricorn Carpets so much that she received a video earlier in the week of Jasmine proudly walking with her frame up and down the hall and in the kitchen. Also Jasmine was getting up early just to go around the house.

She said: “I want to say thank you but not just say thank you – the people who donated have literally changed people’s lives and that is the greatest gift of all.”

Sally said that both Jasmine and her twin sister, Summer, loved the new-look rooms and she felt the property had now been turned into a place they could all finally call home, which could never have happened without people donating their time to change it and others giving money to make it possible.

She said: “Just a big thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We’ve finally got a home we can be proud of, that is functional for all of us and Jasmine has got proper use of her home now, which is just wonderful.”

Though the appeal has now ended, GeeWizz is still raising funds to help Jasmine have eight physiotherapy sessions a month, which she needs to help with her walking.

For details on this and GeeWizz, go to geewizzcharity.com