Bid to give disabled Millom woman holiday of a lifetime
Last updated at 16:30, Wednesday, 30 October 2013
THE family of a disabled woman has launched a desperate appeal to help give her the holiday of a lifetime.
When Rebecca McCluskey was born no one expected her to live to her 30th birthday.
She was born with Down’s syndrome and congenial heart defects and requires oxygen overnight.
As part of a celebration of her reaching the landmark age her siblings Sarah, Rachael, Hannah and Joseph clubbed together to pay for her to visit Disneyland Paris.
However, Miss McCluskey’s trip is in jeopardy as the family faces a logistical nightmare trying to arrange for an oxygen condenser to be available at the French theme park for the three-night trip.
Mum Debbie McCluskey said if the family can’t make arrangements by early December, they will have to cancel the trip.
She said: “I’ve spent three months trying to get this sorted.
“We have been put in touch with a company in France but we have been getting nowhere.
“The other option is to pay to hire the oxygen condenser and take it with us but we’ve had quotes of around £200.
“It’s a lot of money and it’s money that we can’t afford.
“The top and bottom of it is if we do not get sorted, we can’t take her.”
The oxygen condenser removes other gases from air and supplies Rebecca with around five litres of oxygen per minute and without the machine, Ms McCluskey said, her daughter finds day-to-day life increasingly difficult.
Ms McCluskey, of Newton Street, Millom, said her daughter has been looking forward to the trip since she was told at her birthday party back in March and if the family has to cancel it, it will be more than £700 down the drain.
She added: “We never expected her to get to this age so we wanted to do something really special and she’s always wanted to go.
“It will be a trip of a lifetime but the big issue is Rebecca’s health.”
Ms McCluskey is due to travel to Disneyland Paris on December 18 with her daughter and Ms McCluskey said she has until around December 11 to find a solution and make her daughter’s dream come true.
If you can help contact the Evening Mail newsdesk on 01229 840150.
First published at 16:09, Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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