Our Stories - Paul Mackin Story

In the words of the Simply Red song, “Money’s Too Tight To Mention” in the Mackin family home right now.

Jim and Caroline Mackin are diverting most of their cash towards a major re-modelling of their house to suit 13-year-old son, Paul.

The teenager has severe learning difficulties, has Autism and suffers from complex epilepsy.

An extension to the family home in Strathaven will provide him with a far bigger bedroom and a shower room.

There will also be provision for a lift from the ground floor, should Paul need to use a wheelchair in the future.

Such expense means that there is little spare money to provide little luxuries like a touch-screen computer.

The Teddy Bear Foundation was delighted to help out with a £645 HP TouchSmart 300.

Typical of dad, Jim, the hardware proved something of a bargain.

The father and full-time carer for his son explained:”I was very conscious that it was a charity that was providing the money for Paul’s machine.

“So I went on-line and discovered a discount code from Comet.

“I like a bargain at the best of times, so I picked the cheapest machine available and got £90 chopped off the price.

“The great thing about the HP TouchSmart is that it operates on Windows 7 and uses the same software that Paul’s got in school.

“I.T. has been identified as the way forward for him and he gets great pleasure out of using touch-sensitive programmes.”
There was the added bonus of a grant for software from the family’s local council.

Added dad, Jim: ”Communication with the Teddy Bear Foundation was excellent.

“I only came across the charity on the Internet.  I’m glad that I did!”

Paul Mackin

Paul Mackin gets to know his touch-screen computer.

Paul Mackin

Paul's new computer uses the same software as his school.

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