Somer is a 16 year old young lady who, although born with Noonan Syndrome, has the dreams and aspirations of most girls of her age. She joined us for work experience during the late Spring as a prelude to having been accepted to Sparsholt College to commence basic animal training in September. Her infectious personality, determination to succeed and willingness to undertake any task asked of her stole our hearts. She’s coming back in the summer to spend another week with us, and we can’t wait!
We want to make her transition to student life much easier, so decided that our Charity of the Year for 2018 will be to raise sufficient funds for Somer to have an electric wheelchair. That way, she will be able to have her independence at college and enhance her day to day living. She has endured seven operations, two of which resulted in cardiac arrest and one caused a mild stroke leaving her with weakness on her left side. She is therefore unable to propel herself in a manual wheelchair. This was presented to her at the Silchester Fete, where she helped us judge the Dog Show.
You can visit the Noonan Syndrome Association website or call their free nurse helpline on 0800 902 0095 for more information.