A FAMILY from Skelmersdale say they are ‘overwhelmed’ by the support shown to their three-year-old son, who has complex medical needs, after his nursery helped raise more than £2,000 for specialist equipment.
Thomas Edwards has a variety of health problems and is under the care of 16 different medical specialists after spending a lot of his short life in and out of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
His mum, Laurin Brophy, told the Champion that her son still hasn’t been given an “overarching diagnoses of his health issues” but he needs a lot of specialist equipment in order to make life easier at home.
Thomas’ nursery, Stepping Stones Day Nursery, on Westgate, have offered their full support to the family and organised a number of fundraisers over the past few months to help pay for the various medical equipment.
This included a ‘Toddle for Thomas’ where they walked two miles around Blaguate playing fields, and also a walk up Mount Snowdon when seven staff members joined family and friends on the challenge.
In total, they have helped raise more than £2,000 for Thomas, which has left the family “very humbled.”
Laurin said: “Thomas’ nursery have completely gone above and beyond their duty of care to Thomas. The various fundraising activities have made his life easier and more fulfilling.
“We reached the fundraising target and have collected more than £2,000, which will pay for medical equipment. The priority is an adaptive buggy to accomodate his pump and other medical supplies he uses daily.
“I am completely blown away by the support and dedication shown towards Thomas and his needs and as a family we are very humbled at everybody's involvement with the fundraising.
“It will have immeasurable benefit to Thomas’ life and we are eternally grateful.
“No amount of words can say thank you to Cheryl Boylan (nursery manager) and the team at Stepping Stones for what they have done for Thomas throughout his time there.
“Unfortunately his time with them is coming to an end soon as he will be moving on to a specialist unit in the very near future, however they will always be his second family.”