A RENTON mum is appealing for help to raise funds to build a summerhouse so she can ease her disabled daughter’s painful muscles with hydrotherapy in a warm and private space.

Eighteen-year-old Rebekkah McCormick has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, but since leaving Kilpatrick School in Clydebank last June, she no longer has access to hydrotherapy and only receives physiotherapy for 20 minutes per week.

As a result, her muscles have been tightening over the past six months, leaving her crying out due to painful leg spasms and struggling to get a decent night’s sleep.

Mum Denise Stevenson has been fundraising for the past year, but is still £2,000 off their £3,000 target.

The family need the structure to house their hot tub, hoist and a changing table for Rebekkah.

Denise fears that time is running out to start providing Rebekkah with the treatment herself and that if she is unable to sooner rather than later her daughter will be left with no option but to have another operation.

She told the Reporter: “We have been trying to raise funds for over a year and spent every penny we had to get an electric bed four years ago, which cost £4,000.

“We want to try and get the summerhouse up this year because Rebekkah is struggling physically and emotionally.

“We need to enclose the hot tub because we don’t want her getting cold and her body temperature can drop quickly. It will also mean we can get her changed there and then.

“It’s so important to us as we want to prevent Rebekkah being in pain and needing hip surgery in future.

“She’s gone through a lot and has needed surgery so many times and been in hospital a lot.

“She has avoided the hip surgery so far, but the way things are going that could change.”

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Dad Craig raised funds last year by completing two kiltwalks in Glasgow and Edinburgh and will be doing one again this month, while Denise held a bingo night in the Carman Centre in Renton.

Denise is also organising a table top sale in St Augustine’s Church from 10am to 1pm on May 11. The event is aimed at all the family with face painting, a kids’ tombola, tea and cakes. Six tables are still available for hire.

She added: “It’s has been a dream to get this for Rebekkah since she left school. Anything big or small will help, any donation matters and will be much appreciated.”

To donate visit glasgowkiltwalk2019.everydayhero.com/uk/craig-33 or to hire a table for the table top sale contact Denise on 07497383016.

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