Incase you missed it....
This week the Shepton Mallet Facebook group has been going crazy over #PaintItForward, a local community project. Let me explain. We have a small handyman business, ironically called 'My Big Handyman'. We came up with the idea to giveaway a home DIY make-over worth £500 to a local deserving family – who might otherwise not be able to afford it.
People nominated friends and family, and five finalists were chosen to put forward for a public vote online. However, I had not anticipated becoming so emotionally involved, or heartbroken by the stories I was reading. Thank goodness it was down to a public vote and not for me to choose! I reached out to local businesses as I really couldn't bare for anyone to go away empty handed. Thankfully Kilver Court have kindly donated family memberships and gift hampers of Sharpham Park goodies, to all of the runners up. Amazing. On Tuesday, I counted up all the votes from the website and facebook poll. Over 1000 votes in total, and we had a clear winner !
Well done to the 'Copp' family- I think you'll agree, these guys really deserve to win. William (7)and Lewis (5) are brothers who live with their parents Zoe and Gareth, their older brother Oliver (9), and sister Chloe ( 15)
William was resuscitated at birth, he spent the first 8 months of his life in hospital, and had a tracheostomy to help him breath.He has had many more admissions to hospital and intensive care due to illnesses and became so ill in 2016 his consultants told Zoe he wasn't going to make it, amazingly he did, but due to his damaged his lungs – he is very fragile, and every day is a blessing.
Lewis was also resuscitated at birth and spent the first 3 months of his life in hospital. He too had a tracheostomy inserted at 5 weeks. Lewis sadly developed muscle spasms over a year ago and after spending 3 months in hospital, he now is on a cpap machine at night.
Both boys have development global delay, so they are both unable to walk or hold up their heads, they can be vocal but not use words or sentences. They rely on Zoe and Gareth for all their care needs washing, changing, moving and feeding.The boys have 'life limiting illnesses' and consultants say William and Lewis will make not survive through to early adult hood.
The family have decided to dedicate their lives to 'making' special memories, and the bravery and positive spirit of the Copps is truly inspiring. We are so pleased to be able to help in just a small way. Visit www.mybighandyman.weebly.com to read about all our finalists and see how you could help too. Big thanks to our sponsors Right Price DIY, Maid In Somerset, and CRS Building Supplies Wells.
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)