Please help us help our son

A SUFFOLK family is holding a pair of charity events to raise funds for their severely disabled two-year-old son who urgently needs a specially adapted downstairs bedroom and bathroom.

A SUFFOLK family is holding a pair of charity events to raise funds for their severely disabled two-year-old son who urgently needs a specially adapted downstairs bedroom and bathroom.

Henry Chaplin has cerebral palsy, West's syndrome (an infantile form of epilepsy), visual impairment, epilepsy and severe developmental delay. Doctors have told the family that Henry is unlikely to reach adulthood.

His parents, Michelle and David, of Straight Road, Battisford, expect to receive a disabled facilities grant of £25,000 but need to raise another £20,000 to pay for the work.

If they are successful, it will mean the brave youngster can keep living at home.

To help them reach their target, they have organised a fete at Ashburnham House in Battisford and on Battisford Playing Field on June 3 between 12.30pm and 4pm.

There will be various family activities, including pony and tractor rides, a bouncy castle and raffle. There will also be a barbecue, cream teas, iced creams and a licensed bar. The fete will finish with a balloon race and charity auction.

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On June 2, Mrs Chaplin wil be sponsored to have her head shaved while Mr Chaplin will have his chest waxed.

Mrs Chaplin, a nurse at Hadleigh Health Care Centre, said: “We would love to hear from businesses who could contribute something for the auction.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who has skills they would be prepared to offer up - perhaps a plumber, electrician or bricklayer.

“The older Henry gets, the harder it will be, so we are hoping to start as soon as we can.”

If you think you could help Henry, would like to sponsor Mr and Mrs Chaplin or simply want to find out more, call the family on 07746 999230 or e-mail at chaplintomsk@aol.com

Are you undertaking a charity drive? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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