Corey’s bid for dream Oz trip

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A DISABLED teenager who has just a few years left to live is appealing for help so he can go on a dream trip to Australia.

Corey Haseley, 16, suffers from a very rare life-limiting illness which eats away at his nerves, muscles and cells.

Doctors have told the Wellingborough youngster that he has just two to three years left to live, and he is desperate to raise £8,000 so he can visit his dream holiday destination of Perth while he is still well enough to travel.

A keen fundraiser, Corey has previously raised money for charities and he is keen to carry on raising cash for his dream trip. But a recent long spell in hospital stalled his fundraising activities, so he is now keen to hear from anyone who wants to help.

He said: “I have a very rare life-limiting condition called optic atrophy plus syndrome mitrochondrial disease OAP1. This is a very complex disease and I am the only one in the world with it. This disease is progressing rapidly. I have been told by my professors that I have two to three years left to live. This disease is eating away at my nerves, muscles and cells. I am now wheelchair-bound and blind with declining hearing.

“It is my life’s dream to visit Perth in Australia and due to my life-limiting condition, I am hoping my dream will come true as soon as is possible while I am still able to travel, enjoy and appreciate the experience.”

Corey, of Bibury Close, has previously featured in the Evening Telegraph’s New Life charity appeal, through which more than £3,000 was raised to buy him a new powered wheelchair.

Australia has always been his stand-out holiday destination, but he is also keen to see the site in Perth where it is hoped a new children’s hospice will be built.

He added: “I have always been a keen fundraiser and I have raised money for the Make A Wish Foundation and Helen and Douglas House hospice. I have been pro-active in raising money towards my dream. So far I have raised about £1,500, but more funds are needed because I need 24-hour care. I already have a carer willing to go with me to support me and help with my care. My mum and dad would also travel with me so that we can enjoy the experience of Australia as a family before I deteriorate further.

“Not only are funds needed for the flights, they are also needed for disabled accommodation and a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, and also essential equipment that I need for my day-to-day care. I need to raise £8,000 to make my life’s dream come true. If anybody can help me in any way to make this dream come true I will be overwhelmed and immensely grateful. I wouldn’t normally ask for something like this, but a recent long-term stay in hospital put a halt to my fundraising activities.”

Any individuals or businesses who would like to donate to Corey’s appeal can contact him at reg71@sky.com.