Readers give more than £500 to Bradley Appeal

Readers give more than £500 to Bradley Appeal

Peter Pitney with his donation to the appeal

Ali Webber and son Bradley

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GENEROUS Echo readers have already donated more than £500 to the Bradley Appeal.

Money has been pouring in to help make life easier for five-year-old Bradley Webber and his family. Little Bradley suffers with a form of brain damage called lissencephaly, also known as smooth brain, and was not expected to live past his third birthday.

The rare disorder means the Weymouth youngster cannot hold his head up, walk or talk and his mum Ali says every day of his life is a blessing. We launched the Bradley Appeal last week after the government cut off the five-year-old and his family’s £600-a-month benefits.

But in a shock move, the Department of Work and Pensions said it would reimburse the lost benefits and would increase Bradley’s allowance.

Without them the Chickerell family were set to lose almost £600 a month and their mobility car, which they rely on to get to his hospital appointments in Southampton.

Mum Ali praised the generosity of Echo readers including Peter Pitney, who donated a bag full of money he had collected for his grandchildren.

She told the Echo: “Bradley and the rest of the family thank you all from deepest depths of our hearts. And if Bradley could talk he would say the same thing.

“It’s nice to know we not alone in this world and got the support of the community.”

She added: “It’s nice to see there are still some really kind generous human beings remaining out there.”

Peter said: “I just wanted to help in some way. It’s a real shame for Bradley and his family and I hope that this money will make life easier for them in some way.

The Government department told the Echo last week that it not received renewal forms in time. However, mum Ali said the forms had been completed correctly and handed in several weeks before the deadline.

• How you can help special appeal

CHEQUES and cash donation have been pouring in for the Bradley appeal.

The Dorset Echo launched the Bradley Appeal in a bid to raise funds for the brave five-year-old and his family.

Money donated will go towards urgently needed equipment that the terminally ill youngster needs including a hood and rain cover for his wheelchair, proper flooring for his bedroom and maybe even a well-deserved holiday for his family.

You can donate by:

Cheque: Send a cheque to the Dorset Echo, made payable to the Dorset Echo and posted to Fleet House, Hampshire Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9XD;

Cash: Drop cash into the Echo offices in Weymouth or Antelope Walk, Dorchester. Please make sure you include your name and contact number with the donation.

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12:41am Wed 11 Jun 14

Taxpayer!! says...

Perhaps his mother could buy him the much needed raincover from her DLA money!! Instead of spending it on nights out to Southampton, or 'child free' day out to Thorpe Park!!
Come on you gullible lot you are already 'donating' to them with your income tax!!
Perhaps his mother could buy him the much needed raincover from her DLA money!! Instead of spending it on nights out to Southampton, or 'child free' day out to Thorpe Park!! Come on you gullible lot you are already 'donating' to them with your income tax!! Taxpayer!!
  • Score: 7

8:09am Wed 11 Jun 14

shuttling says...

Taxpayer!! wrote:
Perhaps his mother could buy him the much needed raincover from her DLA money!! Instead of spending it on nights out to Southampton, or 'child free' day out to Thorpe Park!!
Come on you gullible lot you are already 'donating' to them with your income tax!!
What a mean horrible person you are. Let's hope one day you don't find yourself with a very ill or disabled child. Good luck to the whole family.
[quote][p][bold]Taxpayer!![/bold] wrote: Perhaps his mother could buy him the much needed raincover from her DLA money!! Instead of spending it on nights out to Southampton, or 'child free' day out to Thorpe Park!! Come on you gullible lot you are already 'donating' to them with your income tax!![/p][/quote]What a mean horrible person you are. Let's hope one day you don't find yourself with a very ill or disabled child. Good luck to the whole family. shuttling
  • Score: 0

11:34am Wed 11 Jun 14

Angry mum 1976 says...

This family have just come back of a family holiday and also the mother can afford to bye top of the range clothes for her self and have all her hair done go karting in Plymouth £100 birthday party Saturday for her daughter thanks to you lot that have gave her money there is genuine people out there with disabled children that do go with out that's the ones I feel sorry for there's a family I now off with a disabled child and they get no help but they genuenly are struggling pleased don't be fooled by this story
This family have just come back of a family holiday and also the mother can afford to bye top of the range clothes for her self and have all her hair done go karting in Plymouth £100 birthday party Saturday for her daughter thanks to you lot that have gave her money there is genuine people out there with disabled children that do go with out that's the ones I feel sorry for there's a family I now off with a disabled child and they get no help but they genuenly are struggling pleased don't be fooled by this story Angry mum 1976
  • Score: 3

11:59am Wed 11 Jun 14

sleepdeprivedmum says...

Angry mum 1976 wrote:
This family have just come back of a family holiday and also the mother can afford to bye top of the range clothes for her self and have all her hair done go karting in Plymouth £100 birthday party Saturday for her daughter thanks to you lot that have gave her money there is genuine people out there with disabled children that do go with out that's the ones I feel sorry for there's a family I now off with a disabled child and they get no help but they genuenly are struggling pleased don't be fooled by this story
Well Said!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Angry mum 1976[/bold] wrote: This family have just come back of a family holiday and also the mother can afford to bye top of the range clothes for her self and have all her hair done go karting in Plymouth £100 birthday party Saturday for her daughter thanks to you lot that have gave her money there is genuine people out there with disabled children that do go with out that's the ones I feel sorry for there's a family I now off with a disabled child and they get no help but they genuenly are struggling pleased don't be fooled by this story[/p][/quote]Well Said!!!!! sleepdeprivedmum
  • Score: 5

1:18pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Loopy gal says...

Erm the go karting was a birthday prescient to her husband and another friend of her mums. Ali was just ment sit on the side and watch but as the go karting had already been booked and her mum friend said he not doing it as I'll. it was a surprise to them. So Ali just filled that place in.
And designer stuff! Yeah ok if u say primark clothes and clothes from charity shops. And spending £100 on her daughter birthday??? If u say so. All stuff came from her mums catalogue so she can pay weekly installments. And her maybe she tried saving 4 the night out in Southampton. And maybe she asking her dad for some money. They planning to do shopping trip up there. But Ali not going to that bit as she can't afford it. Have hair done last time she got hair done was like 4/5 months ago. And not got it done as she can't afford it. She got 1 her friends do it before she goes Southampton.
But quiet obviously 2 some these comments no1 is allowed to help this family at all. As then they get branded as fakes. Before they know the facts they just assume they bought things out there own pockets. The family buy clothes from primark charity shops and eBay and Facebook. So very rarely are they buying brand new if they r brand new then the other person is selling it newwith tags. But none this allowed. This is a secret family don't shoot mouth off who bought what etc. how do u know if her parents are wealthy or not. U don't. So how can u judge a book by it's cover. You can't!!!!
This world has 2 many judge mental people in this world.
How do u know that they use all money people offerd the family on equipment. How do u know if they pay the majority of the price and use donations as a top up. You don't. And I don't! That's there private life.
They never asked for any of this. Ali just got a message 1 day saying what the echo has done! And why can't the family spend money on the other kids???? There just as equal. Why should they push them out. The kids don't ask for much and when they do they mainly get a no. Her daughter wanted invite ALL her friends. And have the most expensive party. But Ali had explain she can't. But can have the cheapest 1. With 9 friends. As can't afford more.
It's not her fault if designer clothes go for like 99p on eBay. What she going do leave it and go get it another day when can cost 10 times more??? No! If she needs it she needs it. Some her clothes actualy has holes in so she sees holes up.
But when kids out grow there clothes she donates them 2 charity! And the kids toys so she is giving back to the community. She even gives stuff to friends and family etc for free as they can't afford things and need things.
Sorry if they r bargin hunters. But what can u say. Make your own judgments up.
But don't worry I'll tell Ali and James not let there family and friends treat them to anything or buy them anything or help them out. Or give them money to spoil the kids. As people like you don't approve of it!!!! Sorry I forgot they need everyone's permission. Sort it out u selfish judge mental small minded self opinionated morons! Gee wizz no wounder they refuse help if they r asked if want any if they got put up with people like you!
Erm the go karting was a birthday prescient to her husband and another friend of her mums. Ali was just ment sit on the side and watch but as the go karting had already been booked and her mum friend said he not doing it as I'll. it was a surprise to them. So Ali just filled that place in. And designer stuff! Yeah ok if u say primark clothes and clothes from charity shops. And spending £100 on her daughter birthday??? If u say so. All stuff came from her mums catalogue so she can pay weekly installments. And her maybe she tried saving 4 the night out in Southampton. And maybe she asking her dad for some money. They planning to do shopping trip up there. But Ali not going to that bit as she can't afford it. Have hair done last time she got hair done was like 4/5 months ago. And not got it done as she can't afford it. She got 1 her friends do it before she goes Southampton. But quiet obviously 2 some these comments no1 is allowed to help this family at all. As then they get branded as fakes. Before they know the facts they just assume they bought things out there own pockets. The family buy clothes from primark charity shops and eBay and Facebook. So very rarely are they buying brand new if they r brand new then the other person is selling it newwith tags. But none this allowed. This is a secret family don't shoot mouth off who bought what etc. how do u know if her parents are wealthy or not. U don't. So how can u judge a book by it's cover. You can't!!!! This world has 2 many judge mental people in this world. How do u know that they use all money people offerd the family on equipment. How do u know if they pay the majority of the price and use donations as a top up. You don't. And I don't! That's there private life. They never asked for any of this. Ali just got a message 1 day saying what the echo has done! And why can't the family spend money on the other kids???? There just as equal. Why should they push them out. The kids don't ask for much and when they do they mainly get a no. Her daughter wanted invite ALL her friends. And have the most expensive party. But Ali had explain she can't. But can have the cheapest 1. With 9 friends. As can't afford more. It's not her fault if designer clothes go for like 99p on eBay. What she going do leave it and go get it another day when can cost 10 times more??? No! If she needs it she needs it. Some her clothes actualy has holes in so she sees holes up. But when kids out grow there clothes she donates them 2 charity! And the kids toys so she is giving back to the community. She even gives stuff to friends and family etc for free as they can't afford things and need things. Sorry if they r bargin hunters. But what can u say. Make your own judgments up. But don't worry I'll tell Ali and James not let there family and friends treat them to anything or buy them anything or help them out. Or give them money to spoil the kids. As people like you don't approve of it!!!! Sorry I forgot they need everyone's permission. Sort it out u selfish judge mental small minded self opinionated morons! Gee wizz no wounder they refuse help if they r asked if want any if they got put up with people like you! Loopy gal
  • Score: 0

2:21pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Taxpayer!! says...

Firstly I am not a selfish judgmental person you only have to look on the internet to see the facts!! Well the biggest problem they have is social networking!
And it maddens people to see all this on the internet then read about them pleading poverty because their benefits have stopped, we have disability within our family and I have never claimed a penny I just work more, perhaps call me old fashioned or even daft but at least I am proud to say that I have provided for my children's needs, and if my son needed rain covers I certainly wouldn't be spending money on myself!
Firstly I am not a selfish judgmental person you only have to look on the internet to see the facts!! Well the biggest problem they have is social networking! And it maddens people to see all this on the internet then read about them pleading poverty because their benefits have stopped, we have disability within our family and I have never claimed a penny I just work more, perhaps call me old fashioned or even daft but at least I am proud to say that I have provided for my children's needs, and if my son needed rain covers I certainly wouldn't be spending money on myself! Taxpayer!!
  • Score: 4

3:17pm Wed 11 Jun 14

sleepdeprivedmum says...

Maybe instead of the.money going to your family it could have been collected towards wyvern school for their new playground, or even Julias house which I know (according to social networking that Bradley has)
Maybe instead of the.money going to your family it could have been collected towards wyvern school for their new playground, or even Julias house which I know (according to social networking that Bradley has) sleepdeprivedmum
  • Score: 3

3:18pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Taxpayer!! says...

I am not saying that Bradley doesn't need this equipment but I just hope that the money is perhaps paid to a local mobility shop so that the money is used to buy the things he needs, and I think that also the Echo should make sure this is done as they have set up this fund, perhaps a picture with Bradley his new equipment so that readers can see their money has been spent wisely
I am not a nasty person and would not wish a disability on anyone but surely the DWP take into consideration the extra needs of this child when awarding his benefits to buy the things HE needs
I am not saying that Bradley doesn't need this equipment but I just hope that the money is perhaps paid to a local mobility shop so that the money is used to buy the things he needs, and I think that also the Echo should make sure this is done as they have set up this fund, perhaps a picture with Bradley his new equipment so that readers can see their money has been spent wisely I am not a nasty person and would not wish a disability on anyone but surely the DWP take into consideration the extra needs of this child when awarding his benefits to buy the things HE needs Taxpayer!!
  • Score: 4

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