A Bath for Kessie

by Guildford Action in Guildford, Surrey, England

A Bath for Kessie

Let's club together to buy Kessie a specialist bath so that she and her siblings (and Mum too!) can be more comfortable.

by Guildford Action in Guildford, Surrey, England

We did it
On 19th October 2018 we successfully raised £5,275 with 129 supporters in 42 days

New stretch target

Having hit £5k (thank you! thank you!) any extra monies we make can go towards a hoist and associated paraphernalia, and fitting the bath...all without asking Iris for any of the money she had saved herself. 

The Bathstore - who would have given us the bath but just didn't quite have the right one - have offered to supply flooring & tiles. 



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So this is already a bit of a  team effort! The amazing Guildford Action have been working with the family and knows that a simple solution (a specialised bath) to making life better simply cannot be paid for by the public purse & that it will cost £6k-£7k, which the family do not have. Hyper local news organisation The Guildford Dragon first highlighted the plight of Kessie and her family in this article.   It was quickly picked up by well known local glass artist  Adam Aaronson who challenged us (the local community) to respond. 


A Summary of the challenge: 

This is a family of four living in Merrow. Kessie has Rett Syndrome which means that she needs 24 hour care. Her younger brother Troy is Autistic: he's essentially non-verbal, has ongoing sensory needs and ongoing challenging behaviour with no awareness of danger among other things. They have another brother Niall - who is well and healthy, three years old and a bundle of energy. I think we can all accept why life is a huge challenge for Mum Iris! 

They have a shower but Kessie loves to bath. Here's why (more detail in the original article):

  • The temperature of the shower fluctuates from hot to cold. 
  • Kessie does not appear to enjoy the experience of being showered. Iris says it is like a battle, and she has to strip off herself and get into the shower with her daughter to manage the process. .
  • Kessie had a bath in a previous home and found it relaxing, calming and therapeutic. 
  • Troy has sensory issues and a bath is better than a shower at calming him (especially before bedtime).
  • At the moment Kessie is being bathed at her special school - outside them home (clearly not ideal! - Ed). 
  • During the holidays, Kessie's carers sometimes shower her - they all know it's distressing for all involved.

There you have it - a relatively small ask from a family who have enough to contend with and a community in action. Now all we need to do is gather enough money to buy the bath. 


A Rewards-Based Crowdfunder

If you can donate, please do.  If you are a local business who has a product or a service that you could offer as a reward to anyone wishing to pledge to Kessia's cause, please get in touch. We've set up an gmail account just for this crowdfunder : bathforkessie@gmail.com. We think we should be able to collect enough local trials and treats to encourage people to pledge (but we keep selling out of them!). In this way we're not just asking you to make yet another donation to a (very) worthwhile cause, but we're hoping to make sure that there's something in it for everyone.   


These lovely local businesses have already donated.... 

  • Adam Aaronson pledged a Short Taster Course in Glass blowing at his West Horsley Glass Blowing Studio. Lovely lovely way to introduce yourself to this amazing art.
  • Adrian at Bramble Turkey Farm offered some of his scrumptious and bootiful turkey (joints, mince & bbq pack).   
  • Laura Church offered a tray of her legendary brownies (12). Yum Yum. That went like hot cakes.
  •  Handyman Jason Lee of Beck & Call offered three hours' work (if your home is within a 5 mile radius of Guildford). So if you have an odd job or painting & decorating job, a great way to try out his services.  
  • Carly Garrett is offered an hour's reflexology in the comfort of your own Surrey home. Have a look at her website.
  • Merrow-based Supreme Steam Ironing offered a 20-ironed-shirts package (nearly went for that ourselves!)
  • Jill Bennett offered a full Arbonne Skin Care set at a fraction of the normal price.    





Note: Adam suggested that we ask Guildford Action to confirm that the bath represents good value for money. We did that and it does... now, will you?



Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

0 of 3 claimed

A 'Get Creative!' Art Class in KT24

Come and try an art class with Get Creative (All Abilities): Learn or improve on your creativity and painting skills, in a local and friendly art class. Thursdays and Fridays 1-4pm. All materials supplied, as is tea/coffee and cake. Instagram @getcreative.kel. We have three so you can pledge to take a friend or two with you or just buy one for yourself.

£10 or more

8 of 10 claimed

A lovely box of specialist teas

A box of tea delights crafted by skilled tea experts, usually available only to subscribers of tea-enthusiasts.com. Each tea or tisane is hand selected and contains a unique blend of natural ingredients. Only the best quality loose leaf teas, most of which are sourced from the top 10% of the harvest from the finest tea estates and regions. Have a look at https://tea-enthusiasts.com/748-2-3-6/ for more detail

£10 or more

A Thank You/Shout out on Social Media

We know you are lovely - and that's why you are pledging to support Kessie and her family. All we have to give you in return on this one is our heartfelt thanks. We will shout your name (or your company name) out loud to our Surrey Networks through our Social media networks

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A Tray (12) of Laura's Legendary Brownies

If you haven't tasted Laura's Brownies you are in for a treat. If they go like hot cakes (get it?) we might try to strong arm her into baking more. £20 gets you a tray of brownies and that heavenly feeling of having helped Kessie out in the process! Collection from Surrey Uni or Horsley.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Ben's Collectors Records Voucher

Ben's Collectors Records records shop has been at 5 Tunsgate since 1993. This voucher is perfect for the serious music fan - LPs, CDs Videos. Cheekily we're going to ask you to pledge £20 for this £10 voucher - seems fair right? www.benscollectorsrecords.com

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bramble Farm Turkey

High quality, slowly matured, great tasting, succulent turkeys that have been produced by the same family locally since 1929. Free range and fed on GM free feed. This is a box of frozen turkey joints, mince and BBQ pack. To be collected by arrangement direct from the farm in West Horsley. (We're sure you'll be tempted to order your Christmas turkey once you see it!)

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

More Bramble Farm Turkey

High quality, slowly matured, great tasting, succulent turkeys that have been produced by the same family locally since 1929. Free range and fed on GM free feed. This is a box of frozen turkey joints, mince and BBQ pack. To be collected by arrangement direct from the farm in West Horsley. (We're sure you'll be tempted to order your Christmas turkey once you see it!) Thanks Guys!

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

20 Shirts Ironed (how lovely)

The team at Merrow-based Supreme Steam Ironing will iron 20 shirts for you if you pledge £30 for Kessie's bath. Go on - treat yourself and know that you're making a difference at the same time. Have a look at how the service works, this would be a great way to try it out http://supremesteamironing.co.uk/services.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A Seasonal Posy from the Plantpassion Flower Farm

Claire grows Seasonal, Scented, Sustainable Cut flowers at her flower farm on Staple Lane in Clandon. Your voucher will buy you a seasonal posy (free delivery to Clandon or Horsley, or collect from the barn). If you miss the season or you would rather use your voucher in part payment for one of her lovely courses, you would be most welcome to do so. More info at www.plantpassion.co.uk

£35 or more

2 of 2 claimed

A seasonal posy from the Plantpassion Flower Farm

A Seasonal Posy from the Plantpassion Flower Farm Claire grows Seasonal, Scented, Sustainable Cut flowers at her flower farm on Staple Lane in Clandon. Loads of lovely flowers at the farm right now so your voucher will buy you a seasonal posy (free delivery to Clandon or Horsley, or collect from the farm before mid October) More info at www.plantpassion.co.uk

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A Faux Fur Throw from Artichoke Interiors

If you love Interior design, a trip to Artichoke Interiors is a reward in itself. The lovely Gill & Debbie have offered a lovely faux fur throw in exchange for your pledge. Get a warm fuzzy feeling both outside & in! Collect from the shop.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Airport transfer from Guildford

Broadstreet Cars have offered a transfer from with the Guildford Licensing area. You'd need to book in advance and avoid school hours, otherwise 7am-11pm (Phil, the lovely licensed driver offering this is committed to school runs). There are conditions: If you're booking 11pm-7am you'll need to pay a £5 surcharge direct to the driver and if it's a pickup, add £5 for parking. Su says it should be booked by 31st Mar and can't be 20 Dec-3rd Jan.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Refelxology at home with Carly Garrett

Reflexology, Fertility Reflexology, Maternity Reflexology, Hot Stone Reflexology and Baby Reflex in the comfort of your own home in and around Guildford. Have a look at https://www.carlygarrett.co.uk/ and feel very very relaxed about pledging!

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

3hrs work from Handyman Beck & Call

Beck & Call if offering 3 hrs Handyman services. Perfect for that odd job you just can't get around to (or don't have the right tools for) or what better way to test Jason' services if you've got a forthcoming painting & decorating job. The property would have to be in a 5 mile radius of Guildford for this reward please.

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Glassblowing Short Taster Course

Blow a tumbler, bowl, vase or scent bottle, or make a paperweight, heart, bird or other solid item at Adam's amazing Glass Blowing Studio in West Horsley. Book your session when it suits at www.adamaaronson.com/glass/glassblowing-taster-course/

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A Full Bike Service from The Bike Project

The Bike Service would be a full Stripdown service. Graham will remove the components off the bike, clean, service & replace. Gears & brakes adjusted. Drivetrain (chain, cassette and chainset) removed and cleaned. Bottom bracket checked, removed and cleaned. Headset checked. Wheels trued (if needed). Wheels & tyres inspected for wear. Full safety check. Any parts that are faulty or require replacing would be an additional cost.

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A(nother) Full Bike Service from the Bike Project

The Bike Service would be a full Stripdown service. Graham will remove the components off the bike, clean, service & replace. Gears & brakes adjusted. Drivetrain (chain, cassette and chainset) removed and cleaned. Bottom bracket checked, removed and cleaned. Headset checked. Wheels trued (if needed). Wheels & tyres inspected for wear. Full safety check. Any parts that are faulty or require replacing would be an additional cost.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Collection

If you are familiar with Arbonne you will know that this collection retails at $300+. Jill has offered a full RE9 Advanced collection if you pledge £100. What a lovely gift, from Jill to Kessie and from you to yourself or someone you love eh? Details here bit.ly/2MJ2sY9


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