The parents of a seven-year-old boy with autism have been left heartbroken after arsonists set fire to the child’s brand new sensory room the night before he was due to receive it for Christmas.
Fiona and Wesley Ratcliff had spent the last few weeks filling their garden’s summer house with soft toys and lighting, padded flooring and a digital radio for their son Harvey, who has Phelan-McDermid syndrome.
However, the surprise gift, which was due to be revealed to Harvey on Christmas morning, was gutted by a fire.
The radio and disco lighting, which moves to music, were stolen before the room – in their garden in Woodhouse Park, near Stockport – was deliberately set alight.
Minds Like Ours would like to build Harvey a brand new sensory room...but we need your help!
This is an absolutely horrific story and one that has broken the hearts of our MiLO family and many others across the UK. As a mental health non-profit organisation (registered number 8656524) we want to do all that we can to help.
Every single penny raised from this campaign will go towards a brand new sensory room for Harvey Ratcliff, including rebuilding the Summer House and paying for the equipment to go inside. We will soon be holding a fundraising event to go towards the total of £1,000.
If you would like to get involved by donating any items for the room or helping to build a new Summer House then please e-mail [email protected]
About Minds Like Ours
Minds Like Ours is run by those with mental health disorders, for those with mental health disorders.
Our aim is to raise a ton of awareness on the facts about living with mental ill health, bust some of those common myths surrounding it and to provide peer support in an environment that unites minds like yours on a day to day basis. We also list a range of helplines and organisations you can approach for advice, as well as running exciting competitions and events. We're run by people like YOU, and all of the decisions are made by the members themselves, so you'll always have a say in what Minds Like Ours gets up to. You can find out more about Minds Like Ours on our website http://mindslikeours.co.uk/