Family of teen "living on borrowed time" appeal for donations to take him to DisneylandBy Becky Barnes
October 25, 2012
The family of a disabled teenager ‘living on borrowed time’ are appealing for donations to help take him on a trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris.
Wheelchair-bound Alex Elkington, 18, has needed round-the-clock care since he suffered irreversible brain damage during a complicated birth and also suffers from cerebral palsy.
But in April this year his family were told the devastating news that a lifetime in a wheelchair had squashed his organs and restricted his windpipe, meaning his next cold or chest infection could be fatal.
His dad Clive, 46, of Moordale Avenue, Priestwood, said: “This will be the last holiday with all of us together – we want to try and give him as many experiences as we can.
“He is one of those kids no matter what he always has a smile on his face and doesn’t bear any grudges – he brings so much happiness to our lives.
“Alex is living on borrowed time – he loves everything Disney but we need to find £4,000 by December 3.”
Alex’s age means he is not eligible for support from children’s charities so the family is appealing for the community’s help to make his final wish come true.
Treloar’s School, near Basingstoke, where he boards during the week has created a Just Giving page ‘Get Alex to Disneyland’ for donations.
Father-of-five, Clive, who is semidisabled with ME and borderline narcolepsy, added: “We have been told if he gets one bad chest infection that will be it and he probably won’t see the other side of it.”
Mum Ana, 44, full-time carer to her husband and son, Alex’s siblings Clive, 24, Daniel, 21, Joshua, 16, and Eliza, 10, and his grandparents are all looking forward to the five-day trip which
is likely to be their last together.
Clive said: “The grandparents have paid for themselves and we have put in what we can. If the worst comes to the worst and he doesn’t make it or if there is money left over we would give to other wish giving charities.”
Alex was trapped in the womb for five-and-half hours following complications at birth at Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot.
The Elkingtons raised £650 in September at The Bandstand in Bracknell and Clive has organised a fundraiser at Pinewood Bar and Cafe on Friday, November 2.
Bands will be playing from 8pm to 11pm at the café at The Pinewood Centre, Old Wokingham Road.
Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £5.
Go to www.justgiving.com/Get-Alex-to-Disney to donate.