clubs join forces to help young disabled woman
Lions Club and Rotary Club have worked together to purchase life-changing
equipment for a local young disabled woman.
groups were asked by 'Homes Caring for Autism' whether they could
help Lara Baggott, who has various health conditions including
epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome, autism and a sensory processing disorder.
has badly needed a bathroom hoist at her residential home in Berrow
to help her mobility.
Lions spokesman Colin Holdom told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Having
a bath is Lara's most favourite thing to do, so much so that it
is very difficult to get her out of it and sadly this has resulted
in not being able to have a bath for almost 2 years."
some creative thinking we have been able to identify a suitable
hoist to allow her carers to assist her in getting out of the
bath but unfortunately as her 'basic personal care' is being met,
the NHS will not fund it."
Colin added: "Lara has very few interests in her life and
this is has always been a main one. It gives her the opportunity
to relax and stretch out, which is so important due to her mobility
"She is often anxious and giving her a bath was always successful
in reducing her stress. It's important for Lara to have as much
control over her life as she can through being able to choose
to do the things she loves. All of the above put together provide
a significant contribution towards maintaining her mental health,
which can be somewhat fragile."
Following the request, the Lions decided to meet Lara at her residential
home together with the Assistant Manager Julie Packer.
added: "It became obvious just how Laras life would
be tremendously enhanced if only she could have the sensory enjoyment
of having a bath, something we all take for granted."
contacting the Local Rotary Club, they were also happy to join
forces with us to help provide this bathing hoist, which has now
been handed over."
Top, Lions Club Members Colin Rufus - President, Olive Holdom
- Community, Colin Holdom - Activities, with the Rotary Club's
Jane Gibbs - Immediate Past President, and Ian Breed - Past President;
and Lara Baggott with Keyworkers Christine Petersen and Chloe