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Donor steps in to help theft victim Louise
AN ANONYMOUS donor has stepped in to help a disabled girl who has had her savings stolen.
Louise Fisher, 14, has a rare form of cerebral palsy, and had been putting aside her pocket money to fund a skiing trip to Austria next year.
But last Thursday her house was broken into and her savings and mobile phone were taken.
In the last week, floods of people have offered support to help “plucky” Louise go on the trip she had been looking forward to.
Jean Clifford, chairwoman of Pathfinders, the charity which organised the holiday, said: “People have been really generous in helping us to get her over there. There is no question she would be going.
“One person has put up the whole £250 for Louise to go. His son was one of our founder members, and was one of the first we ever took on.”
Jean added she could not believe someone would steal from Louise.
“I’m disgusted someone could be so despicable as to steal from a disabled child,” she said. “They could not get any lower.
“It is not about the money so much as it has upset Louise. She can’t relax in her own home now. She is worried they will come back.
“She came to us just after her brain operation. She is such a plucky young girl, and nothing ever stops her.
“She has had three falls on the ski slopes but she still wants to get back up there and do it. She hates to be told she can’t do anything.
“People have been really fantastic. Louise has been having cards put through the door and people in Swindon on the whole are so generous.
“We need £25,000 to get all the children over to Austria, and we need about another £2,000. That will be to bring 13 disabled youngsters and 11 carers.”
Neil Fisher, Louise’s father, said: “The response has been overwhelming. I have had old customers of mine get in touch and so many people have been knocking on the door offering to help. It has just been incredible.”
Westlea Primary, where Louise went to school, are organising charity events.
Ben Fox, 18, went to the same school, and underwent 20 operations after he was diagnosed with the extremely rare Vater syndrome.
“Ben was at school with Louise, and they want to do a charity day at the end of the year with the school,” added Neil, 46. “One of the teachers at Uplands is also organising a music night.
“I have got a whole list of people I want to thank, including the local pub, the Fox and Hound, who have organised a donation box. We did not do it for the handouts, and we would rather people give the money to charity.
“I am quite humbled by the whole thing. It restores your faith in people when you see this kind of reaction.”
Bonny Prim, 39, a business consultant from Grange Park, also wanted to help after she heard the news.
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