Our Stories - Clare Turley Story

Six-year-old Clare Turley has seen the light – and she couldn’t be happier.

The little girl from Lanark loves playing with fibre optic lights at the special needs Stanmore House School.
But she misses that stimulation when she returns home in the afternoon.

Now, her bedroom is lit up with hundreds of brightly-lit strands which rotate all the colours of the rainbow.

A £400 donation by the Teddy Bear Foundation allowed Clare’s parents, Alison and Kerr, to buy the fibre optic kit with sensory side glow for their daughter.
Said Alison:”We are absolutely delighted with the lights.”
Dad, Kerr added:”She can easily sit for half an hour, studying the changing colours and threading the strands though her fingers.
“We just turn off the room light and close the curtains and she couldn’t be happier.”
Clare, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, is just one of  Alison and Kerr’s four children.
The couple, who are both Clare’s full-time carers, did not have the cash to provide Clare’s treat but heard about the Teddy Bear Foundation from a friend.
Said Alison:”We have never asked for anything before.
“But we took the view that the lights were not for us, they are for Clare.
“We won’t make a habit of it but it’s the one thing she really likes and it would be a shame to deny her it.
“We are very grateful to the Teddy Bear Foundation.
“She just wouldn’t have got the lights otherwise.”

Clare is entranced by her new light show.

The six-year-old shows her delight.


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