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    Community rallies to support Norfolk resident’s life changing ambitions

    A college and the community continue to work together to try and raise money to buy a life-changing wheelchair for a Norfolk resident.

    Earlier this year, male staff from the Norfolk campus of Easton and Otley College walked a mile in high heels and raised £600.00 on behalf of student, Amie Briggs.

    Amie is trying to raise £11k to buy a ‘genie standing wheelchair’ that will give her increased independence in her day-to-day life.

    Amie is an Entry Level Two foundation learning student at the college. The 21-year-old, said, “I have lived with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy since birth. This means that I cannot walk or stand which means I spend every day in a wheelchair. I suffer from severe pain which makes each day a struggle. My one dream in life is to be able to walk or even stand. I have found an electric wheelchair that can help me stand up and even let me lay down. This wheelchair would help me be more independent and ease my pain and I’m grateful to the college for supporting my campaign.”

    Following on from the ‘wearing high heels to get some wheels’ campaign, a local charitable organisation called the Taverham Lions Club recently came along to the college to present a £500.00 cheque to Amie in support of her quest.

    The president of Taverham Lions Club is Trevor Smith. He said, “Over the years we have lots of fundraisers and we distribute the money we raise to local charities. Amie’s story struck a chord with us. She is exactly the sort of person that we like to help. We took a vote on whether we should support her at our annual club meeting and it was unanimously decided that we would give her £500.00. If she were to fall short of her total in the future, it’s perhaps something that we might look to support again.”

    Bob Boothroyd (Vice President of the Taverham Lions Club), said “Seeing Amie’s delighted face when we gave her the cheque was a joy to see.”