Firm steps in with £10,000 donation for Madi

Emma, Madison and Oliver Brooks are fundraising for a new wheelchair.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Emma, Madison and Oliver Brooks are fundraising for a new wheelchair.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

A call for £10,000 to buy a wheelchair for a very ill Market Harborough 10-year-old has been speedily answered by a town business.

The appeal for Madison Brooks was on the front page of the Harborough Mail last week.

And this week, businessman Mark Evans told The Mail: “It’s brilliant to be able to help Madi in this way”.

Madi’s father Oliver Brooks said he was amazed by the £10,000 donation, so soon after the family’s appeal was launched. He said it meant the family - including mum Emma and sisters Lorna and Amelia - could now order a new wheelchair straight away, and start granting Madi’s wish list, including a trip to Disneyland with the rest of the family.

Mr Evans, the commercial director for IT solutions firm Imerja, which has an office in Market Harborough, said the company had celebrated its 10th anniversary recently, and put aside £10,000 for a worthy cause.

“I had my ear to the ground to identify a suitable project, and when the appeal for £10,000 came out about Madi, I thought this was an ideal opportunity to make that difference” said Mr Evans, who lives in Great Bowden.

“Having met the family and seen the energy the parents and the whole family has, and the lovely little girl herself, so full of enthusiasm and clearly determined, I know we’ve done the right thing with the money.

“I think the family was working on a two to three year time-frame for the fund raising, but hopefully having sorted the wheelchair out, they can go on to raise more money for Madi’s wish list.”

Madi suffers from a very rare neuromuscular disorder which results in weak muscles, fatigue and difficulty breathing. She often relies on her motorised wheelchair to get about.

The Brooks family has a gofundme donations page at www.gofundme.com/M-A-D-for-Madi which has so far raised another £1,400.