Elliotts helps fund house for paraplegic toddler

Published:  20 March, 2017

A toddler who was struck down with a virus that left him paralysed from the neck down was gifted a specially-built home after the Southampton community pulled together to raise funds.

Elliotts has been instrumental in the project after raising funds and providing free and discounted materials for the converted three-bedroom house, that will see Archie Adams and his family reunited.

During a visit to a park in 2015, the three-year-old contracted the virus transverse myelitis, which caused him to become a paraplegic. The rare condition causes severe spinal damage resulting in months of treatment and rehabilitation.

It has meant his parents, Karen and Russell, have been forced to camp out at Southampton General Hospital while he has been treated. The devastated couple had always hoped they could bring him home one day, but needed to raise £50,000 to fund a specially made house.

Southampton City Council donated £30,000 via a development grant, while the rest of the money has come from fundraising initiatives and donations from people in the community.

Ed Butcher, product manager at Elliotts, said: “We wanted to get involved and help a worthy cause. We raised £3,500 through charity events and donated the kitchen and bathroom as well as various other materials needed to convert the house.

“Wickborne Homes, which carried out much of the building work, has been amazing. They managed to pull off a miracle to get it all completed in four months after working through difficult winter conditions. But there have been so many people who have contributed in different ways.”

The three-bedroom house conversion includes a brand new and extended kitchen and bathroom, an open downstairs area and a ramp providing easy access from outside the front of the house.

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