Our Stories - Ellie Rafferty Story

You know how relaxing it is to flop down in front of the TV after a hard day’s work.

Well, imagine what that feeling is like when you are a five-year-old child in constant pain.

That’s why the Teddy Bear Foundation has come to the assistance of Ellie Rafferty, a little girl with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

Ellie’s younger brother broke the family TV with his high jinks, leaving Ellie without a priceless source of distraction and entertainment.

The child also suffers from impaired vision, meaning small TV sets were of little interest to her.

A community children’s nurse who helps Ellie’s mum, Michelle, came across the Teddy Bear Foundation website and suggested we may be able to help.

Just a few weeks later, a 50 inch Panasonic HD TV was being installed in Ellie’s home in Chapelhall, Lanarkshire.

“Everything about her has improved,” said Michelle, a mum-of-three.  “She can detect more colours and detail with the new TV.

“She is much more alert and vocal.  Before the big telly arrived, she would just sit in her chair and her head would drop.”

Another charity had promised Michelle that it would replace her sofa, which had suffered serious wear and tear because of Ellie’s condition.

But when that was not fulfilled, the Teddy Bear Foundation agreed to pay half of the £1500 cost.

Said Michelle:”To be honest, I was not expecting any help.

“This makes life so much easier for all of us.

“And with Ellie glued to the TV, it takes a lot of stress away from me, too.”

Little Ellie is bowled over by her new TV.



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