A couple who raised £76,000 with the assistance of the Free Press to transform their home are reaping the benefits six months after work was completed.
Sarah and Carl Roper needed the funds to build a lift, a specially adapted bathroom and a sensory area for their daughter Megan, who was born with a mystery illness. The five-year-old is unable to walk or talk.
After years of fundraising, the family finally reached their target last year. Work started in March and the project was finished at their Long Melford home in June.
“It has made such a big difference to our lives on a daily basis,” said Mrs Roper, from Swanfield.
“We no longer have to struggle taking Megan up and down the stairs and she absolutely loves what has been done.
“The sensory area is great for her and she thinks having a bath in her own bathroom is great fun.”
The Ropers had raised around £10,000 before the Free Press joined the cause, and that amount quickly doubled as generous readers took the family to their hearts.
With a £26,000 grant from the Civil Service Benevolent Fund and a disability facility grant from Babergh District Council, the project finally got under way.
“It was a huge relief when everything was done. It was like Christmas had come early,” said Mrs Roper.
“We had to be very patient to get to where we are now, but we have shown that you can get there if you keeping trying hard enough.”
As yet, doctors have been unable to ascertain the exact cause of Megan’s illness.
She continues to be on a programme of tests at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
“It may be that we never know what condition Megan has,” said Mrs Roper, who has a second daughter, 10-year-old Ruth,
“But she still loves going to Hillside Special School and life has got just a little bit easier since all the work at the house was finished.”