Facebook sales help fund pool for Abbey

SWIMMING SOON: Tennille Graham with kids Abigail, 7, Daniel, 5, Nathan, 2, and Alistair, 1.
SWIMMING SOON: Tennille Graham with kids Abigail, 7, Daniel, 5, Nathan, 2, and Alistair, 1. Rob Williams

ABIGAIL Graham is happy when she is swimming, and the activity is also an important therapy, mum Tennille said.

Mrs Graham's New Year's resolution was to raise enough money to build a therapy pool for her daughter.

The seven-year-old has a rare condition caused by a mutation of the CDKL5 gene, which means she requires full-time care, special equipment and therapy.

"It affects Abbey through daily seizures which can last up to half an hour, cerebral palsy and visual impairment, immune problems, and she's also developmentally delayed," Mrs Graham said.

"She's learning to take steps now ... progress is slow and depends on her seizures."

She's learning to take steps now ... progress is slow and depends on her seizures.

Mrs Graham said the family, including Abbey's three brothers Daniel, 5, Nathan, 2, and Alistair, 1, was constantly learning about and adjusting to changes in Abbey's condition.

"We went from three doctors up to 12 now," she said.

As part of her therapy, Abbey started swimming at her school three years ago.

"She had a great time learning to splash and propel herself through the water.

"Abbey's moved schools now and we need two people to help her in the pool, so the lessons stopped."

Mrs Graham began raising funds for the pool by making and selling nursing pads on Facebook.

"I thought I'd make 10,000 and I could put $1 from each sale into an account," she said.

"On top of the pool we'll need a deck and chair for access and equipment so I am aiming to raise $10,000."

On top of the pool we'll need a deck and chair for access and equipment so I am aiming to raise $10,000.

When De-Anne Pokarier saw the Facebook posts, she felt she "had to help".

"I was so moved by how much Abbey struggles everyday that I decided to start a Facebook auction," Ms Pokarier said.

"Businesses and people have donated gift vouchers, handmade items and second-hand items."

HOW TO HELP

Like the "Therapy Pool for Abbey" page on Facebook and browse items for sale or write to Tennille Graham.



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