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Joy as cerebral palsy sufferer given new sensory bedroom

Fermanagh teenager Natasha Graham has a little more light in her life thanks to the efforts of a children’s charity.

The 16-year-old has cerebral palsy, is registered blind and suffers up to 40 epileptic seizures a day, but has had a helping hand from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the form of a brand new sensory bedroom featuring a musical water bed, bubble tube, ultra violet and fibre optic lighting.

Her doting mum Geraldine has had her house purpose-built to accommodate Natasha’s needs and Make-A-Wish, which grants wishes for children and young people with life-threatening illnesses, has now helped her make a room for her daughter which will help her relax and sleep more soundly.

Natasha just loves the sensory room at school where she attends once or twice a week and is now delighted to have similar facilities at home. “The room is unbelievable — Natasha loves it.

“If she is having a bad day and is in pain I put her in the room and she smiles and becomes relaxed,” Geraldine said.

“The doctor told me she was blind but she can see the ultra violet colours in the room and this means so much.”

Natasha's new room is complete with a water bed that plays soothing music. The water bed will not only help relax Natasha's muscles each evening, it will be safer for her to sleep in and make supermum Geraldine's job of making Natasha comfortable at bedtime a whole lot easier.

“What Make-A-Wish has done for us is amazing.” she added.

There are 20,000 young people in the UK with a life-threatening illness and, in 2010, around 1,000 of those will turn to the foundation to have their special wish granted. Make-A-Wish needs to raise £5m in 2010 to achieve this goal.

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Every year around 1,000 children will turn to Make-A-Wish Foundation UK to have their special wish granted. The charity needs to raise £5m in 2010 to achieve this.

Make-A-Wish is affiliated to an international wishgranting organisation.

A donation to the Foundation could start at just £10, which will buy lunch for a child who wishes for a special visit to London.

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