Fareham Couple hope to build £10,000 hot tub plan for son who suffers from cerebral palsy

Charlie Bonnick with his father, Steve. Charlie's family are trying to raise �10,000 for a multi-sensory room at his home
Charlie Bonnick with his father, Steve. Charlie's family are trying to raise �10,000 for a multi-sensory room at his home
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  • Charlie, 4, has severe cerebral palsy, epilepsy and is visually impaired
  • His parents need to raise £10,000 project to build a multi-sensory room
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A FAMILY have launched a fundraising campaign to build a £10,000 ‘multi-sensory room’ to care for their four-year-old child who has severe cerebral palsy.

Brave Charlie Bonnick was born with the condition and in addition is visually impaired and suffers from epilepsy.

He can’t stand, sit, talk or even eat without assistance but when he’s in water, it really helps him

Dee Bonnick, Charlie’s mum

Unable to talk, move or do anything by himself without support, his mum, Dee and father, Steve, are now looking to provide Charlie the best possible quality of life they can offer by building a room that fits Charlie’s needs.

The couple plan to turn their garden summerhouse into the perfect place for Charlie, complete with a hot tub, its own hoist and to deck it out in bright colours to aid his vision.

Dee, of Highlands Road, Fareham said: ‘Charlie has a real problem in that he cannot do anything for himself.

‘He can’t stand, sit, talk or even eat without assistance but when he’s in water, it really helps him.

‘When Charlie is in the water, it relaxes his muscles and allows him to move more freely so he absolutely loves it.

‘Water and music are his two favourite things in life so we really want to be able to give him the chance to use it everyday.’

Charlie is due to attend St Francis Special School in Fareham this September where the pupils have the use of a pool, however, Dee and Steve want Charlie to have the freedom to use a tub whenever he needs to.

She added: It would just be so good for him. He really enjoys himself in them.’

The couple launched their fundraising campaign earlier this summer and have already raised £1,661.

The family are in the process of organising many events in order to boost the funds total.

The first is a quiz night at Fareham Social Club in Mill Road this Friday for which the family have sold out of 200 tickets in advance.

To donate to the family’s appeal, head to justgiving.com/fundraising/cheekycharlieb