Rebecca Ling Trust Fund - UK
On 17th January 2006, Rebecca Ling underwent surgery to correct a curvature in her spine commonly known as scoliosis. Tragically, due to complications during the surgery, she is now paralysed from the neck down and fully reliant on a ventilator to breathe.
At the beginning of 2006 Rebecca had surgery to correct a curvature in her spine. Although this was obviously a major operation, it is performed all the time and considered to be relatively routine. However, tragically, after the operation Rebecca woke up to find something had gone terribly wrong. Rebecca is now unable to move from the neck down; this also means that she is unable to breathe by herself and relies on a ventilator to do this for her.
Her uncle, David Brown, approached the ALMT to raise money to landscape the garden of her new, specially adapted house so that Rebecca can enjoy the simple pleasure of an outside space in the summer. He and Rebecca's family wanted to completely transform the garden to provide areas of shade for her to sit out of the sun in her chair. They created raised flower beds so that Rebecca can see and enjoy the flowers and built ramps, areas of decking and widened the paths around the edge so that Rebecca can move all around the garden in her wheelchair and sit where she chooses.