A Grantham man with cerebral palsy is fundraising to buy a new wheelchair costing around £4,000, so that he can experience more special moments with his daughter.

Matt Topham, 36, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth and has been in a wheelchair for most of his life.

He attended St Francis Special School in Lincoln and now works as a store assistant at Home Bargains in Grantham — but in his free time he loves nothing better than spending time with his 15-month-old daughter Willow, as well as his partner Anne Cant and stepdaughter Casey.

A family trip to a beach in Skegness this summer really hit home for Matt as he was sitting watching his partner and his daughter go along the sand and down to the sea, but he wasn’t able to be by her side to see her reaction to it all.

Life hit home for Matt more after a family trip to the beach this summer as he couldn’t join in with his daughter Willow on the sand.

Matt Topham, pictured in his current wheelchair, has a big passion for photography.

He is determined to not miss out on any more of the little special moments so he created a GoFundMe page to raise money for a life-changing Trekinetic K2 Lightweight Manual Wheelchair that is priced from £3,895. The nearest outlet for Matt to buy the chair from is in Kettering.

Matt currently lives alone in a one-bedroom bungalow adapted to help with his mobility, but sees his daughter daily and stays at his partner’s house for some evenings.

Matt with his 15-month-old daughter Willow.

Matt, who has a big passion for photography, told The Lincolnite: “Most of my challenges are around mobility. I can walk short distances with aid, but can’t stay on my feet for more than a couple of minutes.

“After my daughter was born I sat back and thought how much a new wheelchair would better my life as I could be with her in so many more difference places.

“It would change my life dramatically and it would mean the world to me. My daughter is my world and I want to spend as much time and interact with her new experiences as best I can.

“I am able to do quite a lot myself, and friends and family help me. It mainly affects my legs. I consider myself quite lucky as other than my legs and mobility I can cope okay and there are others worse off, but the new wheelchair would enable me to do more and cope better on different terrains.

“What amazes me is that I’d be able to go on the sand properly at the beach with my daughter.”

Matt loves spending time with his daughter Willow.

Matt Topham with his 15-month-old daughter Willow, partner Ann Cant and step daughter Casey.

By the time of publication, Matt’s page has so far raised £2,165, including a £1,000 donation from Hubert Lewczuk-Tilley of the Worth Waynflete Foundation that Matt said “bought a tear to my eye” and it “means a lot that people are pulling together for me”.

You can donate and help Matt on GoFundMe here.

A Lincolnshire woman who adopted a dog from a Greek dog rescue has raised over £7,000 for the shelter after it was destroyed by a hurricane.

Helen Sharpe, 34, lives in Bourne with her partner Ian Croome, 40, and daughter Isla, 10, and they adopted a dog called Huxley from a shelter in Zante, Greece last year.

Huxley had been abandoned in an oil grove with his two siblings by his previous owner before being taken in by Zante Strays, a local dog shelter on the Greek island.

Helen gave Huxley a new forever home in a different country. | Photo: Helen Sharpe

In a bizarre turn of events, Helen met the volunteers at the shelter at a service station in Leicester and gave Huxley a forever home.

On September 17, disaster struck Zante Strays as it was affected by a serious hurricane.

The animals at Zante Strays have been left exposed to the elements by the hurricane. | Photo: Helen Sharpe

The roof had been ripped off by the storm, leaving the animals exposed to the weather, as well as a lot of kennels being damaged.

Upon hearing the news, Helen took it upon herself to try and raise money for the shelter that gave her Huxley, a dog described as daughter Isla’s “best friend”.

Huxley and Isla are “irreplaceable best friends”. | Photo: Helen Sharpe

She has so far raised £7,716 at the time of reporting, in just over three weeks, thanks to over 300 donors.

Helen said: “The love they have for all the dogs is so clear. These are volunteers who give up their time to ensure the abandoned dogs have a safe place.

Helen’s partner Ian loves taking Huxley for walks on the beach. Photo: Helen Sharpe

“Zante Strays put the dogs before everything. That’s why this hurricane is devastating. They have worked tirelessly on building the shelter and now for it to be torn apart like this, it’s just beyond sad.”

You can donate to the fundraiser here.

A charity appeal by St Barnabas Hospice to remember loved ones in the form of dragonflies has raised over £100,000 for the charity.

A total of £110,401 was raised as hospice supporters dedicated 2,754 dragonflies to their lost loved ones.

As part of St Barnabas’ campaign, The Dragonfly Story by Doris Stickney was used to help understand and process the death of someone you love.

Within the story, dragonflies are seen as symbolic to the passing life of a person, and it is given to grieving families by St Barnabas staff to help with the coping process.

A display was shown at Doddington Hall and Gardens for people to see their donated dragonflies as part of an exhibit.

Film star and patron of St Barnabas Hospice Warwick Davis with his wife Samantha at the dragonfly display at Doddington Hall. Photo: Rachel London Photography

Over 1,000 handcrafted iron dragonflies on display at Doddington Hall. | Photo: Kurnia Aerial Photography

Blacksmith Stefanos Timcouras hard at work.

Sam Waterer, Individual Giving Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice said, “It is a wonderful feeling to know our little dragonflies will be helping so many people who are grieving loved ones.

“An amazing amount of visitors came to Doddington Hall and Gardens during the two weeks our display was in place, and we are so grateful to the team there for hosting, designing and helping to create the display for us.”

You can donate and order your own dragonfly to remember a loved one until Sunday, October 11 on the St Barnabas website.

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