LOCAL COMMUNITY RALLIES ROUND TO GET MIA MOBILE
A little girl from Bedfordshire has now received her new set of wheels, after construction and infrastructure company, Morgan Sindall and generous Bedfordshire companies including First Step Estate Agents and Red3D Ltd raised over £6,000 to make her dream of a new wheelchair come true.
Morgan Sindall, which recently completed work to expand Etonbury Academy, joined forces with businesses from the local community to raise funds to purchase an electric wheelchair for Mia Beresford – a pupil at Etonbury Academy.
10-year-old Mia, has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), a genetic disorder characterised by bones that break easily. Mia, who is in stage one of the disease, has outgrown her wheelchair and it was no longer supporting her legs, so getting around was becoming increasingly challenging for her.
Morgan Sindall’s Etonbury Academy project team was approached by Nicola James from First Step who asked whether the company would like to help with fundraising efforts. The team was delighted to support this great cause and joined with the local community to raise funds for Mia – efforts which have now seen her get a new electric wheelchair.
Companies which helped to raise funds include First Step Estate Agents where Nicola heads up the marketing division, Caldwell, T Clarke, Dacorum, Land Structure, Prestige Brickwork & Scaffold, Red3D Ltd, SD Samuels, and friends and family of Mia’s parents – Helen and Steve.
Nicola James said: “So far, Mia has had over 27 fractures and although she smiles through it, every day is a battle. The wheelchair Mia currently uses is far too small and no longer supports her legs, so I decided to tap into the great community spirit in Bedfordshire to see if local companies wanted to help”.
So with the power of local support we raised over £5000 to help fund Mia’s new wheelchair – which is fantastic! Mia now loves her Mia-mobile with a splash of her favourite colour – purple!
Mia was visit to be measured for the new electronic chair with lights and mirrors and her existing wheelchair will be passed to sister Rosie, who also has OI.
Peter Dashwood, Morgan Sindall’s project manager at Etonbury Academy, said: “We’re all delighted to have been able to get a new wheelchair for Mia. She is a fantastic little character and deserves the very best! Our subcontractors and the local business community have been incredibly generous and everyone feels privileged to have been able to help. We’re really looking forward to seeing Mia scooting around in her new motor!”
Mia and her family have been overwhelmed by the donation of the electric wheelchair and with funding from friends and family can also purchase a trailer so that Mia can have the wheelchair at school and at home.
“Mia continues to smile and cheer her friends and family up and is great at drawing and playing the piano. She has a lovely little dog Sizzles who she has always wanted to take for a walk – now she can, thanks to our generous community – thanks to all,” added Nicola.