Our Stories - Veronique Arthur Story

Veronique Arthur came down to earth with a bump when her family got a move out of their ninth-floor flat in a Lanarkshire tower block.

The Dutch national has four children under the age of six, with her two-year-old daughter Faith Odum suffering from Down’s Syndrome and congenital heart disease.

When the family lived in the high rise flats in Motherwell, Veronique had access to the on-site laundry facilities, which allowed her to wash Faith’s clothes and bedding.

However, their move to a semi-detached property in the town left the family with so many things to buy.

Among the items most required was a tumble drier.  Little Faith produces more washing than most kids because of her condition, so Veronique was struggling to wash and dry everything in their new house.

On the recommendation of NHS Lanarkshire’s Community Children’s Nursing Team, an application for a £230 tumble drier was made to the Teddy Bear Foundation.

And the charity was happy to place an order with Argos to have a White Knight Condenser Drier delivered to their home.

Mum Veronique said:”We are very happy that we have the tumble drier now.

“Our old flat only had two bedrooms but now we have three.

“When we moved here, there were so many things we had to buy but we did not have the money for a tumble drier.

“Faith cannot eat by mouth.  She has to be fed through a tube in her stomach.

“Her dressings need to be changed regularly and she produced a lot of washing because her stomach leaks a lot.”
The family is completed by Faith’s dad and sister Liana, four and brothers Caleb, six and seven-month-old Emanuel.


Veronique with (left to right) baby Emanuel, Faith, Liana and Caleb. 

Veronique and Faith with their new tumble drier. 


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