Ten-year-old Jasmine Ather is going up in the world thanks to big-hearted bosses at a stairlift firm.
Acorn Starlifts donated and installed a free lift, worth about £5,000, at the Durham home cerebral palsy sufferer Jasmine shares with grandparents Ron Turner and Linda Ather, and great-grandmother Freda Burney.
Linda and Ron’s commitment to Jasmine touched the hearts of everyone at Acorn and we wanted to pull all the stops out to help.Dave Belmont
“Jasmine has had cerebral palsy since birth and needs to have everything done for her, from getting dressed to moving around the house,” Linda explained.
“My mother, who is recovering from lung cancer and has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, needs the downstairs bedroom because she gets so breathless, so every day Ron carries Jasmine up and down the stairs.
“Ron is finding it harder and harder to carry her. It got to a point recently where my mum decided she had to enquire about getting a stairlift.”
Freda called Acorn Stairlifts in July and was told a lift would cost more than £4,000.
“We just sat with our heads in our hands when we heard. We knew we could never afford it, but knew it would make all the difference,” said Linda.
“We’d heard waiting lists through the local authority can take months – if not years.”
Acorn Stairlifts company secretary Dave Belmont, said: “Linda and Ron’s commitment to Jasmine touched the hearts of everyone at Acorn and we wanted to pull all the stops out to help.
“It isn’t possible to offer free stairlifts for every family in need, but on this occasion, a curved stairlift has brought comfort and hope to three generations.”