52 Lives

#94 Courtney

Request: Donations/ Acupuncture / Hair and Beauty / Gift Cards for clothing

This week, 52 lives would like to help change the life of a 17 year old girl from Peterborough called Courtney.

Five years ago, aged just 12, Courtney’s life changed in an instant. She was making her way home from school when she fell in front of a bus, suffering severe head injuries.

Her mum was at home doing housework when she received the terrifying phone call from one of Courtney’s sisters, Gemma.

“She said ‘Mum, it’s Courtney, she has been hit by a bus.’ It felt like my heart had stopped. We went down to where it happened. Courtney was just laying there with no movement, the doctors cutting her clothes off. They were doing all this stuff to her but she wasn’t moving.’'

It was every parent's worst nightmare.

Courtney was in a coma, and had severe swelling in her brain. They waited 8 days, before deciding to operate to try to relieve the intracranial pressure.

"Me and my husband sat by her bed side just praying she would come back to us. The doctors said she might not make it. They said ‘She will not be the same little girl if she makes it,’ but we didn’t care - we just wanted her back with us."

Courtney began to make a slow recovery and when she was well enough, she was moved to a residential neuro-rehabilitation centre. Her mum left her job and went to live with Courtney there for 6 months, before they were eventually able to go home.

Five years on, Courtney is still working so hard to overcome her injuries. She has two plates in her head and weakness down her right side. She has to use a splint to walk, but can only do so for brief periods as it hurts her leg and causes it to swell, so she is in a wheelchair most of the time, which gets her down. Her dream is to be able to walk for long enough to be able to take her dog for a walk. Courtney’s mum and dad have have trying to raise funds to help pay for extra therapies to help her, such as physiotherapy and acupunture, but so far have only been able to raise a few hundred pounds.

“All she wants to do is to be able to do things a teenage child should be able to do We want to make her the happy little girl she use to be before it all changed.”

What We Need

Donations to the family's fundraising page - This money will be used to help pay for extra therapies to help Courtney. If enough is raised to cover her therapies, or if we have a therapist's services donated, they will use excess funds to replace their old washing machine. If you would like to help, please click the Donate link below.

Acupuncture - This has had a positive effect on Courtney when she has had it in the past, but they haven't been able to find someone locally and can’t afford to do it regularly. If you, or someone you know, works in this field in the Peterborough area, and is willing to donate some sessions, please let us know by completing the form below.

Hair / Beauty Treatments - Courtney is in need of a treat. Her mum said she would love to take her to have her hair and nails done. So we are looking for a hair dresser and beauty therapist in the Peterborough area willing to donate their services to do Courtney’s hair and nails. If you can help, please let us know by completing the form below.

Next Gift Cards - We want to give Courtney the chance to have a little shopping spree and buy herself some new clothes. If you could like to donate a gift card, please click the link below.

Make a Donation on their crowdfunding page

Buy a Gift Card

eGift cards can be emailed to: admin@52-lives.org
Paper gift cards can be posted to:
52 Lives (Life # 94)
PO Box 329
Hampton, TW12 9DF

What We Did

- We raised £910 in donations to help pay for additional therapies. So many of the donations came from people who can afford very little, but combined together it has made such a difference for her. Thank you to everyone who donated.
- A voucher from Alexa at Burghley Hair-Beauty-Academy, so Courtneycan have her hair done. Thanks so much for your kindness Alexa.
- A next gift card from Sarah Mackle, so Courtney can choose some new clothes. Thank you Sarah!
- The offer of an entire day in a lovely spa for Courtney and her mum from a lovely man called Ray Wood.

Courtney and her mum have had a tough time and were so thrilled with all of your support.

“Thankyou for all your help. It puts tears in my eyes how so many people who don't know us will help us....” Courtney's mum.