Harborough family’s bid to buy new wheelchair for daughter

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 family from Market Harborough is looking to raise £10,000 to improve the life of their very ill daughter.

The Brooks family want to buy a new “attendant control” wheelchair for their 10-year-old daughter Madison. It could cost up to £7,500.

And they hope to have enough left over to fulfil the wish list of the primary school pupil, who attends Little Bowden Primary School when she is well enough.

“She had a cardiac arrest last year, and I had to resuscitate her twice” said Madi’s father Oliver.

“She’s not been at her best since then really.

“She always used to love doing her hair, for example, but now she’s a bit weaker, we have to help her with it. There are sometimes tears in the morning.”

Madi, who has a tracheostomy and needs round-the-clock assistance, is still using the wheelchair she had when she was five.

And Mr Brooks admitted: “To be honest, we’re still paying for that.”

The new wheelchair would be bigger than her old one, and crucially have attendant control so someone can drive it on days when Madi feels too tired to operate it herself.

Her health is up and down, Mr Brooks explained.

Madi herself said she felt “happy, but a bit hot” when the Mail asked after her on a sunny day this week.

She is an upbeat and determined girl, trying her very best not to let her illness get her down.

Her wish list, she told the Mail, included “Disneyland Paris, horse riding lessons and swimming with dolphins.

“Those are my top three” she explained.

The Brooks family is doing everything they can themselves to raise money with their M.A.D for Madi - Wishes on Wheels Appeal. They have launched a series of events including:

* A summer special raffle at the Spar shop in Coventry Road. Tickets are £1 each for a big barbecue prize.

* A chocolate stall at a Harborough Against Bullying event on August 2 at Symington’s Recreation Ground.

* An auction for some motor sport memorabilia - overalls signed by Giancarlo Fisichella and Jenson Button during the course of the 2001 Formula One World Championship”

There’s also a gofundme donations page and a Facebook page.

For more information go to the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/MAD-for-Madi-Wishes-on-Wheels-Appeal or see the donations page at www.gofundme.com/M-A-D-for-Madi