THE Chelsea’s Wishes fundraising campaign, to create a sensory nursery for children with additional needs, has hit its £7,000 target.
Founded by Matthew and Angie Turner, whose two-year-old daughter Chelsea has extensive brain damage, the campaign has attracted a huge amount of support from generous Islanders.
Chelsea was born prematurely, weighing 2lb 12oz, with two bleeds on her brain. She is registered blind, and has epilepsy and cerebral palsy.
Matthew, 30, and Angie, 27, founded Chelsea's Wishes to raise money for a sensory nursery, fitted out with specialist equipment to help children with additional needs learn through play and develop their communication skills.
A summer fete at The Chequers, Rookley, on Saturday, with live music and children’s entertainment, raised £358 — hitting the £7,000 target. Construction of the nursery has already started at the Turners’ home, at Stower Place, Sandown, and should be finished in two months.
"It’s taken a long time but we’ve finally got there, and it’s been lovely to have so much support from the community," said Angie.
"The nursery isn’t just for Chelsea. There are so many children who could benefit from using this equipment, whether they have vision problems, physical disabilities or autism, and parents are welcome to bring them.
"Before I had Chelsea, I had no idea about the lack of places to play when your child needs extra help. I’ve met a lot of parents in the same position since and they are all excited about the nursery."
For further information, visit www.chelseaswishes.org
After their fundraising efforts, the Turners are taking a holiday to Disneyland, Paris, paid for by Island charity, The Kerry Green Trust.