Archive for November 23rd, 2007

Christmas sale 07 results

Posted by stuff4sam on November 23, 2007

Once again they donated, cooked, knitted (knat?) and purchased for Sam! This year’s Christmas craft and cakes sale made £530 on the day and counting!

Sale items laid out on tables ready for browsing 

The scores on the doors are as follows:

  • cakes – £169
  • stuff – £255
  • raffle – £106

grand total – £530!

We had an amazing selection of gorgeous cakes and treats, all looked and smelt very tempting. There are some very talented bakers amongst us so it is no surprise that the cakes raised so much money!

Selection of delicious cakes 

 Carrot cupcakes with star icing

Some people forgot to bring any money with them so we have IOUs for about £60 taking us to around £600 mark – very respectable!

Sharon is carrying on the fun, selling raffle tickets. The draw will be on Friday 7 December. Prizes (all kindly donated by Sam supporters and local businesses as specified) are as follows:

  • Magnum of Champagne
  • Christmas hamper (donated by Alara Wholefoods on Marchmont Street)
  • £30 Hair and Beauty voucher (donated by Bibas Hair and Beauty on Marchmont Street 
  • Box of Thornton’s chocolates
  • Sanctuary products
  • Bottle of Rioja
  • £10 gift voucher for John Lewis

Thanks all once again to all who supported stuff4sam either by making something, donating something or buying. Your support really makes a difference.

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Walking Sam

Posted by stuff4sam on November 23, 2007

This is just a quick note to thank everybody for their recent huge efforts.

We have found what we hope is a piece of equipment with huge benefits for Sam. It’s the LiteGait system that we mentioned a few weeks ago. We have now trialed it with Sam at Stoke Mandeville and are getting it on loan at home. If it all goes well we can then put in our order to buy one for permanent use.

Please have a look at Sam ‘walking’ for the first time since the accident in this You Tube clip. It was simply amazing to see him do this and what the video doesn’t show is Sam’s huge smile when he saw himself in the mirror walking!… we didn’t know what Sam would think… but he absolutely loved it and I think he felt free for the first time since the accident.

Usually he is always in a chair, on a bed or with something up against him. In the walking machine he looked free and he was moving his head and shoulders so strongly it was fantastic. I can’t wait to use this as part of Sam’s training program. We call it Sam’s ‘Astronaut Training Program’ as we are doing nothing less than reaching for the stars and one day he will make it! So on one day we will do cycling, one day standing and one day walking… like a little athlete!

But thanks to you all, it is possibly for us to do this… and we quite simply couldn’t do it without you. We are so lucky we can choose this equipment. Where around us there feels so many limitations and restrictions, it makes us feel that we can choose the best equipment we can for Sam, and that is directly benefiting him. I hope you enjoy seeing him ‘walk’ again…

Neil, Kazumi and Sam

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