Super Luca’s journey to walking and talking

Just4Children need your support to help fund intensive speech and language therapy for Luca who has bulbar palsy affecting his eating and drinking.

£15159.27
Total raised
60.64%
£25,000.00
Target
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63 donations

Recent donations

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£30.00 from Jack Martin
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£34.50 from Anonymous
"UK Concrete Ltd are very proud to be part of sponsoring such a worthy cause!"
£250.00 from UK Concrete Ltd
"all the best - looking forward to joining you in June for a few beers Alex, Tom Roberts"
£100.00 from Tom Roberts
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£30.00 from Anonymous
"All of us at Krieder are delighted and proud to sponsor this fantastic cause. Big thank you to Macar for the invite"
£322.00 from Krieder (UK) Ltd
"Delighted to donate to an amazing cause. Jason & Jack Howes."
£100.00 from Sequence
"WT Partnership are delighted to be sponsoring this brilliant cause. Thanks to everyone at Macar for organising the day. Looking forward to it!"
£350.00 from Bradley Hill
"Looking forward to the golf day Alex ... the target of £10,000 looks in site"
£287.50 from Robert Maskell
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£30.00 from Anonymous
"A truly worthy cause which all of us at The Timber Group are happy to help towards by sponsoring a hole."
£310.00 from TTG
"Great cause."
£110.00 from Joe Parody calfordseaden
"A pleasure to sponsor a hole to help such an endearing young man on his journey. Looking forward to the day. Thanks to Macar for the invite"
£287.50 from RDP Construction
"So pleased to be able to donate to such a good cause."
£51.00 from Paul, PT Land
"Great idea Alex and a worthy cause. Looking forward to it."
£280.00 from Ollie Ralph
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£250.00 from NJB Recycling
"A fantastic cause and very looking forward to the day. I hope we can smash the target and raise lots of money for Luca and his family."
£30.00 from Sam Carr
"Wish her all the best x"
£42.00 from David E
"Fab cause, and happy to be sponsoring a hole for the event. Have a great day"
£275.00 from Steve Garcia
"Well done & good luck Alex & this worthy cause"
£31.50 from Bob Hay
"Nice work Alex. Great idea for the little one. You’re a good man. See you in the 19th hole. Mr. Stormside."
£34.50 from James Ferguson
"Superb cause guys, I hope the golf day gets a great turnout"
£31.50 from Gareth Guest
"Well Done Alex for smashing your targets. Looking forward to seeing the final figures, I’m going to keep these groundsman busy, so warn them I’m coming 😄"
£230.00 from Tommy Hutchings
"Well done for organising such a worthy cause Alex and I hope it raises as much money as possible, more than happy to sponsor a hole and looking forward to hearing about the day, Sorry I can’t make it"
£315.00 from Peter Baker
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£34.50 from Anonymous
"its a great pleasure to sponsor a hole for such a good cause."
£385.00 from Anonymous
"Unfortunately we can't be there, but hope you have a great day raising lots of money for this worthy cause! Best wishes from Rob and the team at Trinity"
£100.00 from Claire Swaine
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£55.00 from Anonymous
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£34.50 from Craig Budge
"Happy to support this worthy cause"
£HIDDEN from Noel Meredith
"Great to participate along with Al at Machar developments"
£57.50 from Keith Inch
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£HIDDEN from Adam king
"I feel privileged to be sponsoring a hole for such a worthwhile cause."
£251.00 from Paul Lewis
"AllSpark Domestic Services LTD donation and hole sponsorship!! Great cause, happy to be a part of it!!"
£280.00 from James Goh
"Well done Alex, Hole Sponsorship from Simple Floors"
£250.00 from Steve Pitt
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£34.50 from Nick Burgess
"Well done Alex, good cause! We will donate a prize from tee to green. Richard"
£HIDDEN from Richard Tate
"Awesome charity. Well done MACAR."
£57.50 from Simon Sutcliffe
"Great thing to do Al....!! £250 for Hole 1 and 'participation donation'. Looking forward to a great day and contribution to the cause."
£322.00 from Andy MacDonald
"Ben Merriman"
£31.50 from Ben Merriman
"Great cause mate!"
£57.50 from Daniel Brown
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£31.50 from Anonymous
"Such a great cause Alex"
£81.65 from Nicholas Gordon
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£34.50 from Danny Nicholas
"Look forward to it"
£34.50 from Francesco Gulino
"Ross ladbrook"
£34.50 from Ross Ladbrook
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£31.50 from Joe Blackwell
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£30.00 from Robert Sargent
"A great cause to be supporting. Well Done Alex. Regards Gary Heath"
£31.50 from Gary Heath
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£52.50 from Kevin Clark

Just4Children need your support to help fund intensive speech and language therapyfor Luca who has bulbar palsy affecting his eating and drinking.

Luca is aged one from Sidcup. He was born spontaneously at 24 weeks and 4 days. This brave, determined and fierce little lion came out strong…heart beating and breathing. Unfortunately, the hospital was not equipped to deal with such a small baby at only 780grams. He was intubated but it wasn’t an easy process and as a result Luca has bulbar palsy, which affects his eating and speaking.

He spent 8 months in hospital with lots of foreign tubes in his mouth, often meaning his mouth was open and his tongue clamped down. These are negative oral experiences for Luca so he hates anything close to his mouth. Combined with his bulbar palsy he struggled to eat orally and needs intensive speech and language therapy to encourage feeding and to build his early communication skills. It has taken a whole year for us to get him to finally tolerate food near his face.

He also has a tracheotomy as he has a damaged airway from him constantly pulling out his breathing tube. He is due to have surgery when he is 4 to correct the damage and one day will be tracheotomy free. He has shown incredible resilience from day one and we know he can do amazing things if we equip him with the right tools.

His early birth and bulbar palsy has meant he has missed many of his developmental milestones and Luca needs a more intensive therapy to help him flourish.

He will need twice weekly intensive physiotherapy and occupational therapy to build his muscle strength to help him sit, stand and one day walk.

Our aim is to raise enough funds to continue with all of Luca’s therapy, as well as intensive therapies such as CME MEDEK, Bobath and MASE.

As his parents we want to enable Luca to live his best life. He has so much determination and drive, and has undergone so much in his short life. As his parents we want to help him grow and flourish as much as we can.

It’s not easy asking for donations, but this isn’t about us. This is about Luca. Your help would be so appreciated.

Best wishes

Luca’s parents

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