Life is worth fighting for, says Norwich woman Stacie as she looks to hit 'off-road' wheelchair fundraising target
PUBLISHED: 18:21 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:40 12 July 2017
People have been urged to back a crowdfunding campaign to create a legacy for a young Norwich woman who is fighting to live life to the full.
Stacie Pridden, 26, who splits her time between Norwich and her hometown of Swindon, has been given limited time to enjoy the rest of her life.
Born with three holes in her heart, she was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2002 and had a heart and lung transplant at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire in 2015.
But her body rejected the lungs and her condition is terminal.
However, Miss Pridden, who has shared her experiences at her Life Is Worth The Fight blog, and her partner Mark Watson, have been determined to enjoy their time together.
They started crowdfunding to raise money for a specialist outdoor wheelchair for Miss Pridden, so she could enjoy the countryside and music festivals.
They hit £6,000, but have decided to keep fundraising in the hope they can buy other ‘off-road’ wheelchairs for others who need them - which will be Stacie’s legacy.
Mr Watson, 46, who lives off Dereham Road, said: “We started it three or four weeks ago and it’s taken off really, really quickly.
“We’ve got one of the chairs, but we’re hoping we can raise enough for another two - one for an adult and one for child.
“We’re hoping that we will be able to lend them out to people in the transplant community, so they can go out and do as much as Stacie has.
“Stacie wants to leave a legacy and this would be a great way to do it.”
Mr Watson, who himself has had a heart transplant, is this week walking the full 96 miles of the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coastal Path in an attempt to push the fundraising figure to their £8,000 target.
And the pair will hold a vintage styled Big Picnic on the Sunday, July 30 to help raise money for the appeal and for Special Olympics Norfolk, which Mr Watson volunteers for.
The event is at Town Hall Close playing fields, in Newmarket Road, from 1pm.
Community groups across Norwich could get a cash boost of thousands of pounds thanks to the launch of a new crowdfunding scheme.
Crowdfund Norwich has been set up to support community groups, social enterprises and charities across the city.
Norwich City Council is pumping £50,000 into the project, where people who have ideas for fundraising projects can upload them to the Crowdfund Norwich website.
The idea is that, once a certain amount of money for a project is raised through the community, the council will assess them and could consider funding from the pot.
For any particular project, the council could contribute up to half the total cost, with a top limit of £5,000 that it can pledge.
The initial sum of £50,000 is money which comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – a pot of money generated by planning charges from developers.