Church Members Rally Round To Help Amber-May
A church stepped in to help the family of a severely disabled toddler who is raising funds to build her a bedroom and wet room as part of a house extension.
Members of Trinity Baptist Church in Tenterden held a coffee morning and collected £2,300 towards the appeal, which has a target of £50,000.
Three-year-old Amber May Appleton has cerebral palsy, suffers from epileptic seizures and has had two serious strokes. The little girl has a rare genetic condition called CACNAI.A that also results in migraines and ataxia affecting her ability to coordinate her limbs.
She is living in her family’s lounge and her mother, who did not wish to be identified, said that life was becoming increasingly difficult as Amber-May’s rarely sleeps and is often distressed. The toddler is also getting too heavy to be carried as “she is floppy and sprawls everywhere”.
Amber-May, whose condition is life-limiting, also needs specialist equipment, including a hospital bed and a height adjustable bath and changing table.
Peter Mawson, minister at the Ashford Road church, said: “I’m amazed at the amount of money that has been raised in a couple of hours. People have been very generous with their time and money.”
He added: “The family is deeply loved and cared for and the church is greatly privileged to have them as members. We have shared in their difficulties with Amber-May from the beginning, so lots of people joined in the coffee morning and showed great enthusiasm.”
To support Amber-May and her family visit https://amber-may-hope.org.uk/