Mother raising funds for son’s treatment

Deborah Barnett just before setting off on her walk. Photo by John Crossland.
Deborah Barnett just before setting off on her walk. Photo by John Crossland.

A LOVING mother has decided to raise the funds needed for equipment to help treat her son’s skin condition due it being unavailable in he area.

Chapel St Leonards resident, Deborah Barnett, dusted off her walking boots on Saturday, December 3 to officially kick start the approximate £900 needed for the light treatment machine.

Her son, Kyle Rice aged 15, has a chronic eczema condition which causes him daily discomfort and his skin condition could be improved with the help of the machine at home.

Sadly Kyle has been suffering with the condition since he was one month old and despite a respite period of two years the condition is now getting worse and worse.

“My son was referred to Grimsby Hospital for treatment and the consultant told us this treatment was the last resort,” said Deborah.

“It would mean Kyle would have to travel several times a week during school hours and this year he is taking his GCSEs so it really wasn’t practical.

“This led me to start thinking about how I could help and I looked on Facebook and got talking to other people,” she added.

So Deborah, a mum of three, left her home in Sea Road, Chapel at 10am and walked the 11 miles to Mablethorpe dressed as a festive Christmas present.

“On the walk we got caught up in a sandstorm, wind and rain but we managed to do it and I was really proud of my son who joined me on the walk to help do his bit,” added Deborah.

Once completed, the team stopped off in Mablethorpe for a well-deserved cup of tea and some lunch.

The money is still coming in but Deborah estimates that they might raise around £150 from the walk and she hopes to raise enough money by Christmas to buy the machine.

“Although it’s quite soon to Christmas now, I would still like to get it and get Kyle using it straight away.

“This treatment is really his last resort and I want to help stop his suffering,” Deborah added.

There is also a number of other events Deborah and her friends have organised to raise funds; including, a jumble sale from 12pm to 3pm and a psychic supper night starting at 7pm, both set for December 18.

Both events will be held in Chapel St Leonards Village Hall and tickets cost £7 for the psychic supper night.

For further details and to find out how to help contact Deborah on 079191 46825.