This week, we’d like to help a mother and son from Berkshire.
Nadine is registered blind and has various additional needs. She is a single mum to a 5 year old boy called Blake. In May of this year, Blake fell ill and Nadine decided to take him to hospital to have some blood tests. Shortly after, Blake was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
It has turned their life upside down. She regularly has to take him to their local hospital for treatment, as well as another hospital that’s over an hour away. Nadine doesn’t drive, so the logistics of getting there can be difficult. This is made more difficult by the fact that some days he has treatment in the morning and has to come back in the afternoon to collect medication – which means 4 trips and a lot of waiting around.
One of the hospitals he visits offers a bus service but it’s at very limited times, meaning they often have to wait hours to get home. As well as having Leukaemia, Blake is also being assessed for autism spectrum disorder. Having a poorly child who also potentially has autism is hard enough for Nadine to deal with. The added difficulty of keeping him entertained for hours on end makes life even harder.
We’d like to help.