The organiser of an initiative to raise money for a new mobility scooter for Pitsford Water says he is delighted with a £1,500 donation from a county charity.
Corey Haseley, 18, last week launched a bid to raise £7,500 for a Tramper to help people with disabilities enjoy the reservoir and the adjacent Brixworth Country Park.
The Burton Latimer teenager, who suffers from mitrochondrial disease, was contacted by Carefree Northants today (Thursday, April 17) to let him know they had decided to provide the funding.
The charity’s chairman Bob Peacock said the organisation had decided to provide the money because it helps people with learning difficulties, who may benefit from the scooter.
Some trustees also have family links to the nearby Brixworth Nursery Farm, which provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.
And Mr Peacock also said trustees had been moved by Corey’s story and his efforts to provide a new Tramper to replace a broken one.
Mr Peacock said: “We do a lot of fundraising ourselves and it’s amazing – if you get something, and you can say you have had a substantial donation early, it does trigger other people putting their hands in their pockets as well.”
Corey has thanked Carefree Northants for its generosity.
He said: “I’m over the moon, I just can’t thank them enough. It’s an incredible thing to do.
“It touched my heart, it’s such a generous thing to do.”
Meanwhile, the director of Brixworth Nursery Farm, Rachael Warwick, has announced it will also donate £1,500 to Corey’s appeal.
She said: “We are very fortunate to be able to take advantage of the beautiful country park on our doorstep and believe that it is so important for such an amazing facility to be accessible to all.
“I have also spoken with Corey Haseley and was deeply touched by his determination to help people with disabilities to enable them to enjoy the beauty of Brixworth Country Park.
“He is such an inspiration and therefore Brixworth Nursery Farm will be donating £1,500 to his fundraising efforts.
“I do hope that our donations will encourage others to contribute to Corey’s commendable efforts.”
To help, you can log on to Corey’s Just Giving page by clicking here or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.