Cumbrian woman will soon speak to her mum for first time
Published at 11:43, Monday, 18 August 2014
The day when Laura Oglanby will speak to her mum for the first time is almost here, thanks to a monumental fundraising effort.
Laura, 24, of Queen Street, Aspatria, has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair with virtually no limb movement. She can laugh and cry but not speak.
Now she is set to get a computer that allows her to communicate using eye movements.
Allerdale’s mayor Len Davies pledged to use his year in office to raise the £12,000 needed.
And Workington Town Rugby League Club adopted the Let Laura Speak campaign as its charity of the year.
The campaign had £8,000 in the bag and is now almost home and dry thanks to a big push at the weekend.
Two pensioners from Aspatria, Judy Beattie and Marjorie Bucknall, hosted a dinner for 40 people in a marquee on Saturday, raising more than £1,000.
And a collection at Town’s game against Barrow at Derwent Park yesterday, plus an auction of a specially-commissioned strip afterwards, raised a further £2,500.
The pink shirts – Laura’s favourite colour – feature a picture of her with the players. The team wore them for the match and they had desired effect.
Town won the Championship fixture 32-18.
An emotional Mr Davies said: “I’m absolutely over the moon, thrilled to bits.
“I thought £12,000 was a huge amount but now we’re going to get there.
“I’m so looking forward to be able to see Laura speak and communicate with her mum.”
Laura was at the game with mum Berni, 51, who said afterwards: “Workington Town have been fantastic. This will make such a difference. She gets very, very frustrated through not being able to speak.
“Most of the time I have an idea of what she wants but sometimes you have to guess.
“She’ll be able to tell me if she’s feeling unwell, is in pain or just wants a drink.”
Town’s vice-chairman Mark Fryer said the club was pleased to be able to help.
He added: “We always try to pick a local charity and there is no better cause than letting this girl speak.”
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