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Help disabled trio to live together'

PUBLISHED: 17:34 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:41 25 August 2010

PLEA:  Paul and Kay Raisey are appealing to tradesmen to help daughter Charlotte.

PLEA: Paul and Kay Raisey are appealing to tradesmen to help daughter Charlotte.

THE families of three severely disabled youngsters hope to raise donations to help them live together while they are away from home.

THE families of three severely disabled youngsters hope to raise donations to help them live together while they are away from home.

Charlotte Raisey, 20, of Orchard Road, Belvedere, is due to move into a specially adapted flat in Abbey Road, Belvedere, with two friends in September. She suffers from severe epilepsy and an unexplained syndrome that affects her nervous system. However, a specially adapted flat, built by Hexagon Housing Association, will let her live away from home with two friends for the first time.

Her mother Kay Raiseysaid: "This is a great opportunity for the three to experience what it is like to live with a little independence. They all need 24 hours care and the flat has an extra bedroom from a carer to always be on hand.

"At the moment it will be a flat without a carpet, furniture, beds fridge or television, we're hoping friends, tradesmen and businesses can help us."

The flat, sought by Bexley council and built by Hexagon Housing Association, will also be home to Nic Sulis, 23, who has Angleman Syndrome, which means he has to communicate with his eyes alone. Kerrie Dyball, 20, who has Sturge Weber Syndrome and Hemiplegia, which means the right side of her body is totally paralysed, will also live at the flat.

To accommodate the friends' needs, Hexagon joined together two ground floor flats from a £7,800,000 37-unit development in Abbey Road.

The double flat was adapted with features including a track and hoist system in each bedroom and bathroom.

The young people's families hope that through coffee mornings, fundraising nights and donations from businesses, they can raise a few thousand pounds to pay for furnishings.

Mrs Raisey added: "You never know what is around the corner and I want Charlotte to enjoy her 20s as much as possible while she still can."

Bexley council has never before dealt with a request for such unique accommodation, and first approached housing associations to find a place for the friends last December.

Hexagon director Tom McCormack said: "Although this work has involved going the extra mile, including meeting additional costs, we were very pleased to have been able to do so.

"We feel certain that the new homes will make a real and lasting difference in the lives of these three young people."

l To contact Mrs Raisey or the other parents email abbeyroad.friends@googlemail.com.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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