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Help Eli get to use His Wheelchair at Home

Cause page created in the Kiwi Kids category by Joanne Maunsell for Paul Findlay

$3,510 donated

Given by 32 generous donors in over a year


Eli has a wheelchair that he cannot use at home as it is not wheelchair accessible. Please help his parents change this.

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It has been a difficult year for 7 year old Eli Findlay and his family. Eli has spina bifida and in the past seven months has been admitted to hospital on seven occasions, five of them being for some sort of surgery.

Adele (Eli's Mum) has spent just over three months in total in hospital caring for Eli while Paul (Eli's Dad) has continued to work through all of this. Adele and Paul have had to pay for childcare during these hospital stays, which was an unexpected expense.

The family need to renovate their home as it is currently not wheelchair accessible and to get around the house Eli currently has to crawl. Eli's surgeons have emphasized that without change to how he gets around (i.e without being able to use his wheelchair at home) he will need more surgery, possibly as soon as next year. We want to help raise money to help recover their unexpected financial loss that they have incurred from paying for childcare (for Eli's siblings while Adele was in hospital with him), as well as the extra travel costs to and from hospital. This is so they can be in the position they need to be in to renovate, so Eli can move freely in his wheelchair at home.

Please help this family help their son.

Joanne Maunsell's involvement (page creator)

Eli is the son of a very close friend of mine. The whole family has had a very rough year with Eli having several surgeries in the past 7 months

Use of funds

Funds raised will cover the costs of council consent for the renovations. Any extra money raised will be spent on small things on the renovations to make life a bit more comfortable for Eli.

Latest update

Situation Update  10 January 2020

Posted by: Joanne Maunsell

So to update, after much consideration Eli's parents came to the conclusion that it was more cost effective and had more long term benefits to Eli for them to sell their current home and build a new home, rather than to renovate. There are extra costs involved with building a new home that is wheelchair accessible, than a home without such requirements.

As a result of this the whole process is much slower and due to more hospital visits over that time, the costs related to Eli's hospital stay increased, and so the family's savings for the build have taken another hit.

So please if you have a little to spare, this would be so helpful to reducing Eli's need for hospital stays and further surgeries, as they sooner they can get him into a wheelchair accessible home the better :-)

Thank you for your generosity

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  • John Fox

    John Fox on 19 Nov 2018


    On behalf of my Mum. :)


  • Shanelle

    Shanelle on 26 Oct 2018


    Always in my thoughts


  • John Fox

    John Fox on 19 Oct 2018


    Love to you all.


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